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I saw this subject on another board and found it fascinating. People who lose their hearing in later life would presumably retain their, dare I say it, ear for poetry, but do the profoundly deaf (from birth/childhood) write and experience poetry differently from people who aren't deaf? I mean, one of the most used terms is voice.

 

An illustration in ASL (American Sign Language) is this poem by Carl Schroeder, White Flowers Blooming

 

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that might perhaps "translate" as

 

[sPOIL](I imagine?)

Flowers blooming

White, expanding

Beautiful white blooming flowers

(and I am?) happy [/sPOIL]

In spoilers in case you want to "read" it yourself and try to write the words.

 

The URL is here if my fancy way of embedding a Youtube video doesn't work

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F32n-OYM14

 

Interesting article in Poetry Magazine about the subject.

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Sent this on to my deaf parents, Adrian, to see what they make of it. Closest I have seen to this was a translator at a Queen tribute gig signing along with the lyrics!

 

The embed didn't show at first but while I am replying it shows in your message below.

 

ETA - shows now. You fancy pants.

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