Amazing. There’s a lot of great spoken word/slam/performance (what IS the difference, anyhow?) poetry, but there is also a lot of formulaic garbage. Taylor Mali, you are brilliant and I think this piece cuts to some of the very basic reasons people have a hard time with spoken word/slam/performance poetry.
For more Taylor Mali enjoyment, “The the Impotence of Proofreading”:
And, the most well-known and wonderful, “What Teachers Make”: