You may already know of Taylor Mali, if so, there's no need for an introduction, just scroll down to be reminded of two of his best known poems, starting with "The Impotence of Proofreading".
If you're not familiar with Mali (pronounced marli) I'm delighted to be the first to introduce you to this poet and performer extraordinaire who left the classroom in 2000 after nine years teaching to become a full time poet. His poems, which cover a wide range of topics, have been published in two collections to date, The Last Time As We Are (2009) and What Learning Leaves (2002), and four audio collections: The Difference Between Left & Wrong (1995), Poems from the Like Free Zone (2000), Conviction (2003) and Icarus Airlines (2007). The text of some of his poems can be found here, but they are best enjoyed performed by Mali himself and, happily, you'll find a great collection of recordings on YouTube.
Taylor Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and is well on track to meet his self-imposed target of inspiring1000 people to go into teaching through "poetry, persuasion, and perseverance". His poem, "What Teachers Make" is perhaps his strongest piece of advocacy on behalf of the teaching profession:
Do you have a favorite Taylor Mali poem?
Did listening to "What Teachers Make" change your view of the teaching profession?