My favorite poet, however, is Taylor Mali. I first encountered him on a mix CD Meaghan gave to me. (OK, what really happened is that she left it in the CD player of my car when she borrowed it, and I was so transfixed by Taylor Mali's performance that I kept it for weeks.) The piece that grabbed me that day is called: Seventh Grade Viking Warrior. It came up on shuffle on my iPod today, which is what prompted this post. There I was, cleaning the bathroom and listening to tunes, and suddenly, I was weeping.
He's primarily a performance poet - and many of his pieces are on You Tube. I'm not a giant You Tube fan. I don't need to see babies doing strange things, or rollerskating cats. But poetry, I like. Poetry is a great use of You Tube. Many of his poems are there; all you have to do is search.
So, here they are, my two favorite Taylor Mali poems.
Seventh Grade Viking Warrior:
Like Lilly Like Wilson:
The other cool think about Taylor Mali is that he is (or has been) a teacher. He's passionate about teaching. About teachers. And about the high calling that teaching is. Another great poem to watch is "What Teachers Make."