Watch: Shane Koyczan

I love words.

I love the way they meld together to create beautiful sentences and powerful messages.

I also love Poetry. While Sylvia Plath is a noted exception, my general rule is that I Do Not Like Poetry We Studied At School. I do, however, adore contemporary poetry, such as that by Katrina Vandenberg and Derrick C. Brown (if you the names are familiar, Katrina Vandenberg is quoted at the beginning of Paper Towns by John Green, and Derrick C. Brown’s poem “Instead Of Killing Yourself” is viral on tumblr).

I was browsing tumblr a  days ago and I saw this post (forgive me, screencapping gifs never works out well – actual post here):

Screen Shot 2013-04-28 at 5.10.49 PMI thought to myself “wow, that’s pretty accurate to my life” and so when I saw there was a source given for the quote, I clicked on it.

It led me to this video.

It was love at first listen. It’s called “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan, and it’s so beautiful I’m planning to get a line tattooed (“We are graduating members from the class of We Made It” if you were wondering).

I searched Shane on Tumblr, and discovered many more of his amazing spoken word poems.

While they’re all amazing, my favourites are “The Crickets Have Arthritis” (I dare you not to cry)

and “Instructions For A Bad Day”

Even if you hate poetry, I urge you to watch these videos. I promise they will impact you in the most profound way. And if (as I predict) you fall in love with him, be sure to look up some more of his poetry. Some are hilarious, some are serious, but all will leave you speechless at their beauty.

frangipani princess xoxo

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