Shane Koyczan – The Crickets Have Athritis [Yellowknife, CA]

Taken from the 2007 Words Aloud Festival, here’s a stunning narrative from the Canadian poet about his short-lived but nonetheless inspirational stay with a 9 year-old, starwars pyjamas clad, cancer patient. Powerful as always and penetrating as ever. Hope you’ve got your kleenex handy, here’s more Shane Koyczan.

“But the truth is, there’s not enough miracles to go around kid. And there’s too many people petitioning God for the winning lotto ticket.”

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Katie Makkai – “Pretty” [Denver, US]

Veteran poetry slammer Katie Makkai brings the house down with a whole new definition for a single notion we’re all too familiar with. Society’s definition of”pretty”. This clip has been around for about a decade, but that doesn’t make its message any less important; or unfortunately, any less relevant.

If you’ve ever been ridiculed or singled out for nothing other than being unattractive, I’m sure you’ll agree with me. That beauty may be skin deep, but the humiliation and insecurity accompanied by the lack of it; it oozes deep into your bones.

Take a moment and listen to her talk. It’ll be worth your time.

“You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing. But, you will never be, merely pretty.”

Shane Koyczan – To This Day Project [Yellowknife, Canada]

If you’re Canadian you might’ve seen him during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremony reading We Are More, in a blazing patriotic act. But that’s not what this post is about.

Today’s about Canadian poet and writer, Shane Koyczan getting bullied a lot during his youth. He didn’t let it keep him down, but neither had he forgotten about it. Collaborating with a some extremely talented animators here’s his take on the bullied. Must say it’s been quite a while since I’ve felt anything so powerful. No matter how busy you may be, take a few minutes and watch this. For yourself or for the underdog.

“Our lives will only ever always continue to be a balancing act, That has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty.”