"The The Impotence of Proofreading," by TAYLOR MALI

And if you like Taylor Mali – here’s an even better one:
What Teachers Make

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  4. deb on September 14, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    >oh ~~~I haven't even started it and Billy Collins too!

    thank you Rachelle. thank you

  5. deb on September 14, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    >Taylor Mali is awesome.

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  7. Jane Wells on September 11, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    >I watched the teacher one first. It moved me to tears and I pray my young sons get teachers with such passion.

  8. Jan Markley on September 10, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    >Love it … emailing it to all my teacher friends!

  9. Pia Veleno on September 10, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    >I can't even guess how many times I come back to this video (and a couple of his others) and forced it upon others. I adore Taylor's slams.

    Thanks for a 'classic' to bring a smile after a long day at the office.

  10. Jeania Kimbrough on September 10, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    >I loved this! And the Bowery Poetry Club banner in the background brought up some sweet memories and inspired me to post to my blog about it too.

  11. Susan Bourgeois on September 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    >That was great and so true. Both of my parents were teachers. These videos reminded me of them and how much they loved the profession.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  12. Jeannie Moon on September 10, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    >I love this. I've seen him perform; he's awesome. He has a whole website dedicated to promoting teaching as a profession.

  13. T. Anne on September 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    >Too funny.

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  14. lynnrush on September 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    >OH my word. This is awesome!! What a great way to start out a Friday!!

    Have a great weekend!

  15. cathyso3 on September 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    >Loved it! Great early "moaning" humor.

  16. pathunstrom on September 10, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    >I absolutely love Taylor Mali's work, and this is my second favorite poem he has written. The first is 'Speak With Conviction.'

  17. Lisa on September 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    >That's hilarious. And so very true.

  18. Daniel F. Case on September 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM


    This makes me think of my iPhone's nasty habit of inserting the wrong word into a message because it thinks it's smarter than me.

    He who trusts his spellchecker has a fool for a proofreader.


  19. Amie McCracken on September 10, 2010 at 6:06 AM

    >Oh my goodness, that was beyond clever.

  20. Jessica Nelson on September 10, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    >Wow, that guy had sex on the brain! Too funny! I was mentally red inking all his words. LOL Thanks for the morning laugh.

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