Monday April 20, 2015

Spoken word sensation Shane Koyczan on the power of words

Shane Koyczan's hard-hitting spoken word poetry touches on social issues like bullying.

Shane Koyczan's hard-hitting spoken word poetry touches on social issues like bullying. (Pascal Chiarello/CBC)

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He's touring the country, selling out theatres, and dazzling millions with his talent, but Shane Koyczan is not a guitar-wielding rockstar. The B.C.-raised poet is winning hearts with the beauty of his words, and feeding a hunger that only appears to be growing. 

Today Koyczan performs his stunning poem For Many, which answers the question: if you could change anything about your body, what would it be? 

He also tells guest host Shad how hard it has been to believe that he's beautiful, why a letter from an 8-year-old boy spurred him to write the poem, and why his artform seems to be resonating with more and more people.