I have a podcast of this poem up a few posts down. From that you will notice the evident flare and intensity of this poem; what teachers make. I love the way Mali hooks his audience in here. This peom is so conected to my life as a student as I reflect on the impact my teachers have had on me. Yeah they make a hell of a goddamm difference. It is also a poem where Mali speaks literally as opposed to most poems where the poet writes with figurative language. I prefer these types of poems because they are easier to follow and it is easier for me to understand the poets message he is trying to convey.