09/17/2014 04:22 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:56 EDT

Shane Koyczan Takes On Trolls With Words Of Fire (VIDEO)

Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has plenty of first-hand experience with bullying.

As a child he was pushed around a lot, so much that for a while, he didn't really feel like he had a childhood at all, he told The Globe and Mail in a 2011 interview.

It seems likely he channeled that very experience into his latest work "Troll," a poem about online bullying that was posted on YouTube last week.

With powerful words, Koyczan relates the pain that trolls spread on the Internet, likening them to fictional characters such as the Kraken and the Minotaur.

"We were once upon a time told that you didn't exist," he speaks in a soft, yet grave tone. "We dismissed you as make-believe or myth. Now, armed only with resolve, we can no longer afford to tell ourselves that you aren't real."

Journalist Amanda Hess wrote in Pacific Standard magazine earlier this year about the experience of cyberbullying, and specifically, how threatening it is to women.

Hess said that threats people face online can take up one's time, emotions and money, and should be taken seriously.

"Troll" isn't Koyczan's first stab at countering bullying. Last year, he released "To This Day," a poem for which he put a call to a number of artists in order to address subjects such as harassment, depression and abuse.

Together, they may represent the most powerful missives against online bullying that we've seen yet.

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