Writers i admire – 4 – Shane Koyzcan

i realize it’s been a while since i’ve done one of these, so i probably have f’d up the numbers but the idea is to get you reading, watching and listening to poetry/read other writers  so I guess  the numbers are irrelevant.  But here is the next installment

I had only really heard of shane Koyzcan as “that dude who wrote a poem for the vancouver winter olympics”  before, and i’d not seen it or heard it so i didn’t sit up and take much notice. However, whatever notice i’d not taken before was definitely made up for since Shane has visited Australia this past couple of weeks.

This man is breathtaking.  He is at once a mix of humour, politics, sadness and incredible love. Not only are his poems beautifully written they are all delivered with intensity. He captures his audience and holds them in the palm of his hand the moment he takes the stage, blending his life’s narrative in with the poems themselves.   He is a prolific writer, and his latest book “Our Deathbeds will be thirsty” was the only anthology of poetry that compelled me to read it from start to finish in one sitting. Normally I need to read and digest each poem, but Shane’s words were compelling. They beckoned me from my comfort zone and I haven’t been there since. His poem, “The crickets have arthritis”  a tale of making friends with a dying nine year old boy was the only poem i’ve read that has reduced me to tears from its very first word.

 I have had the absolute joy of sharing a stage with this man, and it will be one of the highlights of my career, whatever form it takes from here on in.  He is a beautiful soul,  friendly, warm and an encouragement to all poets who meet him. 

My dear Shane,  your soul is that star in the  sky everyone points  to when they are introducing them to their children.  I hope we meet again soon. 

if you’ve never heard him here is the above mentioned poem, the crickets have arthritis. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DAocLscbe6-c%26feature%3Drelated&h=xAQA1pCdbAQAQurK6F_jbXSKu8d9lWvQQNM6EUXM066vS4g

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