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Deaf American poetry : an anthology / John Lee Clark, editor.

Contributor(s): Clark, John Lee, 1978-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, 2009, c2009Description: xv, 294 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781563684135; 1563684136.Subject(s): American poetry | Deaf, Writings of the, AmericanDDC classification: 811/.008035272
Contents:
Editor's note -- Introduction -- Emma / John R Burnet (1808-1874) -- Minstrel boy ; Music of beauty / James Nack (1809-1879) -- Mute's lament / John Carlin (1813-1891) -- Thoughts on music ; To a bride / Mary Toles Peet (1836-1901) -- My story ; Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet / Laura C Redden (1840-1923) -- Scenes in the history of the deaf and dumb ; To a deaf-mute lady / Angeline Fuller Fischer (1841-1925) -- Prayer in signs / Alice Cornelia Jennings (b 1851) -- Nad ; Gallaudet College / George M Teegarden (1852-1936) -- I wish that I could tell / J Schuyler Long (1869-1933) -- Semi-mute / Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873-1959) -- Oralist ; Dear eyes of grey / James William Sowell (1875-1949) -- Old homestead ; On my deafness / Howard L Terry (1877-1964) -- No applause ; Response / Alice Jane McVan (1906-1970) -- Legend of Simon Simplefuss ; Birds will sing ; Reply to "Beware lest people think-" ; Thoughts in a Pennsylvania cornfield ; To a neglected poet / Earl Sollenberger (c 1912-1947) -- I will take my dreams- ; Heart of silence ; Quasimodo may not dare / Felix Kowalewski (1913-1989) -- On seeing a poem recited in sign language ; Silent homage ; Footnote to anthropological linguistics I ; Footnote to anthropological linguistics II ; Surely the phoenix ; Incident at the B M T / Loy E Golladay (1914-1999) -- Bitterweed ; Beethoven ; Winged words / Rex Lowman (1918-2001) -- On his deafness ; Lip service ; Idylls of the green ; Ars poetica / Robert F Panara (1920- ) -- For Bill Stokoe ; To Doin Hicks ; To an expert ; Deaf again / Mervin D Garretson (1923- ) -- Hang-glider / Dorothy Miles (1931-1993) -- Percy ; Mike ; Dream song of the deaf man / Linwood Smith (1943-1982) -- Rally that stood the world still ; Solo dining while growing up ; Promised world ; Russian roulette ; Deaf poet or what? / Curtis Robbins (1943- ) -- Dandelion ; Pawns / Clayton Valli (1951-2003) -- In memoriam: Stephen Michael Ryan / E Lynn Jacobowitz (1953- ) -- As Sarah / Debbie Rennie (1957- ) -- Deaf baptism ; Miller of moments ; Salt in the basement / Willy Conley (1958- ) -- Don Quoxitie didnt really attack the windmill ; Ringoes / Peter Cook (1962- ) -- Wise old corn #1 ; Ode to words / Flying Words Project: Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner (est 1984) -- How the audist stole ASL / Katrina R Miller (1965- ) and Damara Goff Paris (1965- ) -- Audiologist ; Spelling bee 1978 ; Learning to speak, part I ; Hummingbirds ; Crucifixion ; Instructions to hearing persons desiring a deaf man / Raymond Luczak (1965- ) -- Deaf mind ; Deaf Negro ; Ode to a silent world / Abiola Haroun (1970- ) -- Bone bird ; Hands of my father ; Visible scars ; Diving bell ; Koko want ; We can save the deaf! / Christopher Jon Heuer (1970- ) -- It was his movin' hands ; Be tellin' me / Kristi Merriweather (1971- ) -- Silent howl ; When they tell me- / Pamela Wright-Meinhardt (1971- ) -- Story actual happen ; Long goodbyes ; Only way signing can kill us ; My understanding one day of foxgloves / John Lee Clark (1978- ) -- Ear gods ; Calling Van Gogh / Kristen Ringman (1979- ) -- Ape-child ; Conditional wings ; What my teacher taught me ; Ghost in yellowed photographs ; Hearing-headed / Alison L Aubrecht (1979- ) -- Bibliography.
Summary: From the Publisher: "The Deaf poet is no oxymoron," declares editor John Lee Clark in his introduction to Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology. The 95 poems by 35 Deaf American poets in this volume more than confirm his point. From James Nack's early metered narrative poem "The Minstrel Boy" to the free association of Kristi Merriweather's contemporary "It Was His Movin' Hands Be Tellin' Me," these Deaf poets display mastery of all forms prevalent during the past two centuries. Beyond that, E. Lynn Jacobowitz's "In Memoriam: Stephen Michael Ryan" exemplifies a form unique to Deaf American poets, the transliteration of verse originally created in American Sign Language. This anthology showcases for the first time the best works of Deaf poets throughout the nation's history-John R. Burnet, Laura C. Redden, George M. Teegarden, Agatha Tiegel Hanson, Loy E. Golladay, Robert F. Panara, Mervin D. Garretson, Clayton Valli, Willy Conley, Raymond Luczak, Christopher Jon Heuer, Pamela Wright-Meinhardt, and many others. Each of their poems reflects the sensibilities of their times, and the progression of their work marks the changes that deaf Americans have witnessed through the years. In "The Mute's Lament," John Carlin mourns the wonderful things that he cannot hear, and looks forward to heaven where "replete with purest joys/My ears shall be unsealed, and I shall hear." In sharp contrast, Mary Toles Peet, who benefitted from being taught by Deaf teachers, wrote "Thoughts on Music" with an entirely different attitude. She concludes her account of the purported beauty of music with the realization that "the music of my inward ear/Brings joy far more intense." Clark tracks these subtle shifts in awareness through telling, brief biographies of each poet. By doing so, he reveals in Deaf American Poetry how "the work of Deaf poets serves as a prism through which Deaf people can know themselves better and through which the rest of the world can see life in a new light."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-294).

Editor's note -- Introduction -- Emma / John R Burnet (1808-1874) -- Minstrel boy ; Music of beauty / James Nack (1809-1879) -- Mute's lament / John Carlin (1813-1891) -- Thoughts on music ; To a bride / Mary Toles Peet (1836-1901) -- My story ; Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet / Laura C Redden (1840-1923) -- Scenes in the history of the deaf and dumb ; To a deaf-mute lady / Angeline Fuller Fischer (1841-1925) -- Prayer in signs / Alice Cornelia Jennings (b 1851) -- Nad ; Gallaudet College / George M Teegarden (1852-1936) -- I wish that I could tell / J Schuyler Long (1869-1933) -- Semi-mute / Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873-1959) -- Oralist ; Dear eyes of grey / James William Sowell (1875-1949) -- Old homestead ; On my deafness / Howard L Terry (1877-1964) -- No applause ; Response / Alice Jane McVan (1906-1970) -- Legend of Simon Simplefuss ; Birds will sing ; Reply to "Beware lest people think-" ; Thoughts in a Pennsylvania cornfield ; To a neglected poet / Earl Sollenberger (c 1912-1947) -- I will take my dreams- ; Heart of silence ; Quasimodo may not dare / Felix Kowalewski (1913-1989) -- On seeing a poem recited in sign language ; Silent homage ; Footnote to anthropological linguistics I ; Footnote to anthropological linguistics II ; Surely the phoenix ; Incident at the B M T / Loy E Golladay (1914-1999) -- Bitterweed ; Beethoven ; Winged words / Rex Lowman (1918-2001) -- On his deafness ; Lip service ; Idylls of the green ; Ars poetica / Robert F Panara (1920- ) -- For Bill Stokoe ; To Doin Hicks ; To an expert ; Deaf again / Mervin D Garretson (1923- ) -- Hang-glider / Dorothy Miles (1931-1993) -- Percy ; Mike ; Dream song of the deaf man / Linwood Smith (1943-1982) -- Rally that stood the world still ; Solo dining while growing up ; Promised world ; Russian roulette ; Deaf poet or what? / Curtis Robbins (1943- ) -- Dandelion ; Pawns / Clayton Valli (1951-2003) -- In memoriam: Stephen Michael Ryan / E Lynn Jacobowitz (1953- ) -- As Sarah / Debbie Rennie (1957- ) -- Deaf baptism ; Miller of moments ; Salt in the basement / Willy Conley (1958- ) -- Don Quoxitie didnt really attack the windmill ; Ringoes / Peter Cook (1962- ) -- Wise old corn #1 ; Ode to words / Flying Words Project: Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner (est 1984) -- How the audist stole ASL / Katrina R Miller (1965- ) and Damara Goff Paris (1965- ) -- Audiologist ; Spelling bee 1978 ; Learning to speak, part I ; Hummingbirds ; Crucifixion ; Instructions to hearing persons desiring a deaf man / Raymond Luczak (1965- ) -- Deaf mind ; Deaf Negro ; Ode to a silent world / Abiola Haroun (1970- ) -- Bone bird ; Hands of my father ; Visible scars ; Diving bell ; Koko want ; We can save the deaf! / Christopher Jon Heuer (1970- ) -- It was his movin' hands ; Be tellin' me / Kristi Merriweather (1971- ) -- Silent howl ; When they tell me- / Pamela Wright-Meinhardt (1971- ) -- Story actual happen ; Long goodbyes ; Only way signing can kill us ; My understanding one day of foxgloves / John Lee Clark (1978- ) -- Ear gods ; Calling Van Gogh / Kristen Ringman (1979- ) -- Ape-child ; Conditional wings ; What my teacher taught me ; Ghost in yellowed photographs ; Hearing-headed / Alison L Aubrecht (1979- ) -- Bibliography.

From the Publisher: "The Deaf poet is no oxymoron," declares editor John Lee Clark in his introduction to Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology. The 95 poems by 35 Deaf American poets in this volume more than confirm his point. From James Nack's early metered narrative poem "The Minstrel Boy" to the free association of Kristi Merriweather's contemporary "It Was His Movin' Hands Be Tellin' Me," these Deaf poets display mastery of all forms prevalent during the past two centuries. Beyond that, E. Lynn Jacobowitz's "In Memoriam: Stephen Michael Ryan" exemplifies a form unique to Deaf American poets, the transliteration of verse originally created in American Sign Language. This anthology showcases for the first time the best works of Deaf poets throughout the nation's history-John R. Burnet, Laura C. Redden, George M. Teegarden, Agatha Tiegel Hanson, Loy E. Golladay, Robert F. Panara, Mervin D. Garretson, Clayton Valli, Willy Conley, Raymond Luczak, Christopher Jon Heuer, Pamela Wright-Meinhardt, and many others. Each of their poems reflects the sensibilities of their times, and the progression of their work marks the changes that deaf Americans have witnessed through the years. In "The Mute's Lament," John Carlin mourns the wonderful things that he cannot hear, and looks forward to heaven where "replete with purest joys/My ears shall be unsealed, and I shall hear." In sharp contrast, Mary Toles Peet, who benefitted from being taught by Deaf teachers, wrote "Thoughts on Music" with an entirely different attitude. She concludes her account of the purported beauty of music with the realization that "the music of my inward ear/Brings joy far more intense." Clark tracks these subtle shifts in awareness through telling, brief biographies of each poet. By doing so, he reveals in Deaf American Poetry how "the work of Deaf poets serves as a prism through which Deaf people can know themselves better and through which the rest of the world can see life in a new light."

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CHOICE Review

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 "opens boundaries between languages," 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 Wall 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. J. F. Andrews Lamar University

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John Lee Clark is a poet and writer in St. Paul, MN.

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