Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday Poetry: Undivided attention

By Taylor Mali

A grand piano wrapped in quilted pads by movers,
tied up with canvas straps - like classical music's
birthday gift to the insane -
is gently nudged without its legs
out an eighth-floor window on 62nd street.

It dangles in April air from the neck of the movers' crane,
Chopin-shiny black lacquer squares
and dirty white crisscross patterns hanging like the second-to-last
note of a concerto played on the edge of the seat,
the edge of tears, the edge of eight stories up going over, and
I'm trying to teach math in the building across the street. the rest here.

This is a new-to-me poet a teacher friend shared with me this week. Check out his webpage. If you are a teacher, are interested in urban poetry slams or live near NYC you should definitely check this dude out.

The round up today for Friday Poetry is at Two Writing Teachers.


Tricia said...

I love this! Thanks for introducing me to a new poet.

Color Online said...

Love it! Thanks for the link to Taylor Mali. Reading his mission statement gave me goosebumps and made my heart race. Definitely will be back to read more at his site.

Liz Garton Scanlon said...

Who can teach when there are such lessons to be learned...

Karen Edmisten said...

That is wonderful! Thanks.

tanita✿davis said...

Ooh, this is just devastatingly beautiful. It is true -- so true -- that the best teaching comes through the air, from things outside, and I share his wish to teach like the first snow. That was really beautiful, thank you so much for sharing a new poet!

jama said...

I second the "devastatingly beautiful!" Thanks so much for introducing me to this wonderful poet!

Sara said...

I had no idea where he was going with this poem at first---I was too busy ogling that dangling piano, just like his class! This was great, and I love it that you shared someone new.

Susan T. said...

That is wonderful. "Chopin-shiny." Wish I'd thought of that.


Susan T.
Chicken Spaghetti

Ruth said...

Such a great poem! Thank you!

Vivian Mahoney said...

This is too funny. I have Taylor Mali for my Poetry Friday post, too! He's awesome.

Anonymous said...

Oh my. I am so happy for the introduction. I particularly loved "like classical music's
birthday gift to the insane". So wonderful.

Anonymous said...

The best part of "Poetry Friday" is meeting new poets. Thank you for this one!