I don’t know how I’ve missed him; he’s just never popped up on my radar screen–until just a couple of days ago when my wife showed me this YouTube video.
Taylor Mali is not just a poet, he’s a full-time, WORKING poet, which I had thought was a bit of an oxymoron, to say the least. More important, he’s a major force in the poetry slam movement (a movement that’s generated some controversy–as any interesting one does), and a past-president of PSI.
Even more important, he’s an outspoken advocate for educators, which, as readers of this blog know, is an increasingly fervent focus for me.
While the message in this video is crucial for all of us, you may want to watch it with your local boundary-defying teenager.
Because, “it’s not enough, these days, to simply question authority. You gotta speak with it, too.”