in which Shane is just in time

Anyone who’s known me for more than a week knows I love Shane Koyczan. He’s my favorite living poet, hands down; I saw his performance of "If" on youTube, years ago, and that was that.

He’s coming out with a new book, this spring, called "The Black Eye Will Be Worth It." His last book, "Visiting Hours," got me through a really rough patch- I can’t wait for this new one. Also, he’s put out a CD of the work he’s been doing as a part of The Short Story Long, which I just ordered off of CDbaby. His timing is perfect; I’ll need this. Gratitude is not the word.

Taken from his public site, an example of why he’s it for me:

Skin 2 by Shane Koyczan

      

I don’t imagine you
saran-wrapped in black latex
or seeping out the edges
of something tight and red

      

I don’t close my eyes
  to dream of your back
  arched at the impossible angle
  of a bow pulled tight
  encouraging your shoulder blades
  to drip the blood
  of stockpiled broken hearts
  but I hope the sound
  of you not shielding your eyes
  from my blinding humility
  will one day top the charts

      

it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard
  and you’re the charlie chaplin of your beautifuls
  because you make me believe it
  when you say it all without saying a word

      

looking at you it occurred to me
  I could sit around all day
  wearing nothing but your kiss

      

you make mirrors
  want to grind themselves
  back down into sand
  because they can’t do your reflection justice

      

and this just in
  I am done with those
  who in life would have made me fight
  an army of imperfections
  a battalion of flaws
  tonight we’re going to keep this city up
  when they hear our bodies
  slap together like applause.


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