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Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology

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Deaf Poet or What?

They keep asking the same question:

                                     “Are you a Deaf poet
                                                  Or
                       A Poet who is deaf?”

                                     I shudder at the question.
                 I can’t even think of a better way
     to express the rhetoric.
                                         I’m lost.

Did I mention anything otherwise?
     Did I falter at my wordsmithing?
          Did I recant from something so obvious?
               Did I wreak poetic havoc?
                                                              Who am I?
                          or rather
                                What am I?

          “Do you sign?”
                      Or
                “Do you sing?”
                      Or
                “Do you truly hear such peripatetic words?”

                        The matter doesn’t warrant an answer –
                                      I am what you read.


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