By Marina Garza
Monday night’s main event on October 1 was Taylor Mali’s performance at Eagle Hall. By 7pm, Eagle Hall saw an impressive sized audience ready for something; something entertaining, something wild, or something memorable. Mali’s solid opening of poems describing the annoyance city work outside of a classroom is to a teacher and comparing love to a dog, had the audience in chuckles, giggles, and snickering. Then comes the moment when Mali grabs “What Teachers Make,” his recent book containing the most noted poem “What a Teacher Makes.” It’s the poem with a million video views on Youtube. It’s the poem that made coming to A&M-Texarkana possible for Mali, and it’s the poem that changed the performer and the audience positively. Mali began ever so calmly reciting his poem, but the collective performer morphed into pure emotion as he recited it. The same emotion that can be heard in the Youtube video of the poem was there on stage.
Taylor Mali sparked many laughs Monday night, and it is thanks to the Women for Texas A&M-Texarkana and CAB for providing such a free event open for anybody to see.