Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Do Like Slam I Am

Today, I’m saving you from my crazy poems and giving you the opportunity to watch this hilarious slam poetry titled, "The The Impotence of Proofreading," by Taylor Mali. I was browsing around YouTube looking for some slam poetry and came upon this one. It's an older video. I admit that I’m not a computer reader or one who hangs out much on YouTube so if it’s a repeat for you, well then you have too much time on your hands. Just kidding.

The reason I chose this poem is because Taylor is a teacher advocate, my husband’s profession, and he gives his poems 100%. Slam poetry requires physical and vocal movement to express the poetry. Inflections, gestures to emphasize the point the poem is making. At least that’s how I see it. I don’t think slam poetry would work if someone stood at a microphone and read their poem in a monotone voice.  I give people credit for being able to do slam poetry, because it’s something I couldn’t do.

This video has some innuendos and words that might seem crude to some. If you’re sensitive to this kind of material, then I’d advise you not to watch it. For those who do watch, there are some misused and misspelled words that I’m sure many of us have seen on paper. I think that’s what makes this so funny and wonderful.

Slam and Proofreading,


  1. This video is awesome. One of my colleagues and I used to watch it every now and then on days when we needed a good laugh before a department meeting. I only wish I could have shown it in the classroom to my students, but that would have gotten me fired ;) It was fun to watch it yet again because the sentiments expressed never get old.

  2. Heh. I love Mali's work, especially his "What Teachers Make" poem. :)

    Thanks for sharing!