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Mother Press Media, 2006 - Canadian poetry - 112 pages

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I love the brilliant, powerful meaning behind Shane Koyczan's poems. He brightens the day a little bit every time I read a good poem of his. His books to live readings he's a genius. He explains the reality of politics in Canada, but also the basis for modern politics in every country. As an American, I can honestly see the beauty of Canada (I'm slightly jealous). All and all, this book is great!
-Eric Shawver.

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“There’ll be comparisons aplenty – Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, John Cooper Clarke – but Koyczan is staking out his own literary acreage for himself. Koyczan employs a mysterious light touch to rip open your ribcage. Allow it.”
--Colum McCann, Winner, National Book Award

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Page 1 - You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.

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