After I read about the 21st annual National Poetry Slam under way in St. Paul, I checked out the website for the event (which ends Saturday) and found this amazing video clip. I loved poetry as a moony high school girl and spent hours copying my favorite poems and song lyrics and famous quotes into a looseleaf notebook I bought at the Dime Store. I came across the notebook the other day and got a glimpse of myself at 17 again.
After college, I stopped reading poetry for many years, but have taken it up again. With any luck, this is all there will be to my mid-life crisis. And lest the word "poetry" should conjure in your head a recital of: "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree" — please check out the performance below, "Taylor Mali on What Teachers Make." A poetry slam is part poetry, part performance art, and this one is 100 percent provacative and entertaining.