“Totally like whatever, you know?” by Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali. Photo by Emil Brikha via Wikimedia Commons.

The payoff lines of Taylor Mali‘s poem “Totally like whatever, you know?”

Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
You have to speak with it, too.

But like, y’know, you gotta hear the whole poem, yeah? And watch the words, too, come to life in this typography animation of the poem by Ronnie Bruce:

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

Mali writes on his website,

This video entitled “Typography” is an animated version of a poem of mine by student Ronnie Bruce. I have no idea who he is (and he didn’t ask for permission), but what would you do when the result is so good?

Here’s a live performance of the same poem by Taylor Mali.

About the poet

Taylor Mali is an American slam poet, humorist, teacher, and voiceover artist. And he’s one of the only people who actually makes a living at being a poet!

Tip o’ the nib to Barbara Armstrong, who showed this to me this morning.

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