Taylor Mali is a poet...a slam poet. He is also an outspoken advocate for educators and for literacy. He has a brilliant, incisive satirical wit. A bit like a modern day Voltaire...with rhythm. The first of his pieces I experienced was his assessment of the "agressive inarticulation" of our contemporary society and our unwillingness to commit to an idea. It is called "Like....You know".
My two favorites are below.The first is titled "What Teachers Make". It is one of the best things I have ever heard on the dignity, the honor, and the importance of the educator. The second, though marginally informative, is mostly just for fun. It is called "The The Impotence of Proofreading".
Mali uses precise, intentional, and sometimes colorful language. Be aware that both pieces contain examples of each.
*Originally posted 6 May 2008