|Deaf American Poetry|
In this refreshing, rich, vivid anthology, the Deaf and legally blind Clark (himself a poet) presents 95 poems by 35 Deaf American poets from the signing community. The brief biographies that precede each poet’s work give a texture to the volume and increase understanding of Deaf poetics, a new area of poetics that ‘that opens boundaries between language,’ i.e., American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Clark intends the collection to serve two functions: to ‘introduc[e] the mainstream poetry-reading public to the Deaf world’ and to ‘increas[e] appreciation among Deaf people of poetry as a fine historical record and art form.’ He succeeds on both counts. Adding to a burgeoning ASL literature, this volume is companion to No Walls of Stone, ed. by Jill Jepson (1992), and The Deaf Way II Anthology, ed. by Tonya Stremlau (2002). An invaluable volume for those involved with the Deaf community. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels.
John Lee Clark is a poet and writer in Burnsville, MN.
Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-413-5, 6 x 9 paperback, 312 pages
E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-455-5
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