Poetry Friday: Poetry Slam with Taylor Mali

Want a change from reading some poetry? How about listening to some poetry slam? I can’t imagine anyone finding poetry boring if they had a chance to listen to poetry slam–competitive poetry readings judged by the audience. I discovered Taylor Mali awhile ago, and loved this one poem he performs. Since Two Writing Teachers are hosting Poetry Friday today, I thought it would be a great time to share Taylor Mali’s audience pumping performance in honor of all the teachers out there. The text to What Teachers Make is here.

Also, in case you’d like to find out more about this particular artform, you can find other poems to listen to over at LivePoetsDotCom. CAUTION: There are a few poems with swear words, etc. on this site, so don’t let a child listen to this until you okay it first.

If you’re ready to try performing in a poetry slam, Taylor offers A Baker’s Dozen Secrets of Slam: 13 Tips for Performing Poetry in Public. Any takers?

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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