10 thoughts on “In Celebration of National Poetry Month: Four Poems Performed by Taylor Mali”

  1. Having worked in PR for many years, I can attest to “The The Impotence of Proofreading.” This was especially true on January 1, (insert year.) Thanks Elaine, for the day brightener.

  2. I enjoyed each of the four poems. I’ve experienced all those incidents while teaching my middle school students! Deep belly laughed (DBL) through the last poem on proofreading 🙂

  3. As a former teacher of English, I am having flashbacks. I had a severely dyslexic friend who thought her life would be saved by the spell checker. She did not realize that she was clicking on the button that accepted all of her misspellings into the new dictionary. So, little by little, she had few errors appearing using the spell checker but her teachers were still marking her down on her papers. I finally figured out what she was doing and we had to re-install the original dictionary, destroy the supplemental dictionary and she had to learn not to click on that button and more. 🙂

    Most problems with spelling or grammar are not a big problem but with every set of papers there is usually one that makes you spit out your coffee. There is a word misuse that changes everything and usually in a very funny way.

  4. Elaine,
    That last piece about proofreading reminded me of seeing comedian Norm Crosby back in the 1970s.

    Also one of the reasons I hate autocorrect. I don’t mind suggestions in the drop-down menu, but when it changes a correctly spelled word to an incorrect one with no input from me, makes me want to go Elvis on the computer.

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