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From Shane Koyczan’s “Tarot”:

June 10, 2013

i’ve written about tarot here before. it’s not necessarily about believing in some other force, but it’s about believing in the possibility of opening one’s mind. i believe in tarot as oblique strategies cards, as used by brian eno when working with david bowie on recording during his berlin triptych. i believe in tarot as a way to make us weep, because we can’t help but see a part of ourselves in the spread in front of us, whether it’s through the power of suggestion or through something else.

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“Obedience is only beautiful when it is given.”

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my mother (yeah janny!) sent me shane koyczan’s “tarot”. you can click here to hear it. koyczan has never been on my watch list. i tend to veer away from a lot of spoken word because it often feels forced to me – as though the poets are reciting it in that strange, poety way – the one-two, one-two, stressed rhythm, and that grates on my nerves. however, after seeing koyczan at orillia’s mariposa folk festival, and after hearing this lovely, calm, stripped-down poem, i might have to change my mind on occasion. i like when he’s quietest. i like when he’s just reciting from the heart, or reading. there’s a time and place for drama and rhythm, and there’s a time and place for just speaking with duende. all poets – including myself – could learn this.

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  1. June 19, 2013 12:31 am

    yes. totally agreed..i believe in tarot as the answer is totally transparent as it appears in the card in front of me!

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