ORIGINALLY POSTED 1.22.09 (IN THE WRONG PLACE)
For those of you that don't know - my wife Nicole is a poetry junkie. She's such a poem addict that she teaches a grad class when we go home Chicago in the summer titled Poetry Across the Curriculum
. I'm telling you this because I'm probably subconsciously ALWAYS on the look out for poetry in popular culture so I can impress Nicole with my poetic literacy!
Inaugurations are always a good excuse for popular discussions about poetry. Most of you probably heard Elizabeth Alexander's "Praise Song for the Day"
at the little gathering in DC Tuesday - but did you catch Stephen Colbert's interview with her last night? If you teach in a cool secondary school you can certainly use this clip to teach poetic devices and genres. If you work in an uptight school district you might want to be very selective and "clip the clip."
Yes, when it comes to Stephen Colbert and spoken word poetry its clear there "ain't no mountain high enough,"
Now for those teachers who are interested in reminding students about the value of editing and proofreading check out Taylor Mali's awesome performance poem "The Impotence of Proofreading."
It used to stream for free on his website but I can guarantee you that the .95 cents you pay for this poem will be money well spent.
We invited Taylor to perform at our first conference on popular culture and teaching at Teachers College...and I've got to tell you - and he blew teachers socks off. Taylor was a teacher before becoming a "full-time poet" - for that reason a lot of his poems are inspired by his work in schools. He is a very kind man who was excited to engage with teachers. If you want to learn more about him and catch some of his DefPoetry Jam performances check out his website
While you're there be sure to play with his navigation tabs - did that sound dirty? I didn't mean for it to...just watch his image...
What are your favorite examples of poetry in popular culture (this, of course includes cool slam poetry websites).
Please share cool links below...