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"The evolution of Taylor Mali the poet could be measured in the number of people his poetry has directly inspired to be teachers. Or the increasing cast of high school and college-age students who perform his words in forensic competitions. It could be measured in national poetry slam competitions. But I believe the poet is only as good as his words, and there is no better showcase for the words of Taylor Mali than this incredible collection of live performances. This is Taylor in his element: performing in front of live and writhing audiences demanding and receiving all the rough, raw, and authentic passion of Taylor Mali's poetry." By Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, from the liner notes.

Includes "I Could Be a Poet," "Voice of America," "What Teachers Make," "Falling In Love is Like Owning a Dog," "Labeling Keys," "Playing Scrabble with Eddie," "Religious Sex," "What My Father Said of Sex," "Running a Race," "I Nail My Palms," "How to Write a Political Poem," "Coming Out Duet," "The Soul Bass," "The Half Tail of Winchester," "Totally Like Whatever," "Time and Tears Enough," "Seventh-Grade Viking Warrior," "Running a Race," and "Silver Lined Heart."

Please Note: Taylor Mali's work explores a variety of social and cultural issues in a dynamic and uninhibited way. Therefore, some material in this program may not be appropriate for very young listeners.
©2003 Taylor Mali (P)2003 Words Worth Ink

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beautifully written and spoken

wonderfully written and performed. One of my favorite def jam spoken word poet. it was awesome.

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Chapter breaks in the middle of poems

Taylor Mali is amazing. I’ve loved pieces of this performance for more than a decade. But I’m going to return this Audible version because it’s frustratingly difficult to navigate between pieces when The chapter breaks are all in the wrong place.

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Taylor Mali is a genius

He'll make you laugh, think, and say things in a way that takes your breath away! I've never had a bad day that Taylor Mali couldn't fix.