6/30/11 ** Poet/teacher/spoken word artist Taylor Mali delivers humor and grief. His take on teaching and working with kids provides a recognizable portrait.
Divided into three parts - the first part focuses on students and the act of teaching, the second and third on life, love and grief. Teachers should definitely read the first section; those who've lost parents might want to stay away from the last sections, unless you're ready to visit that grief.
If you haven't seen his performances of his teaching poetry, look Mali up on You Tube: you'll laugh, cry, and say, "Yes, he gets why I teach."