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

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

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