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
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
Interesting article in Poetry Magazine about the subject.
Calling “Poetry Please” lovers!
BBCFOUR are making a documentary on the Radio 4 stalwart programme “Poetry Please” which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Have you uncovered a long-lost relative, win a true love, or settle an argument over “Poetry Please”? Are you a diehard fan, who knows all the producers’ names by heart and requests a poem twice weekly? Perhaps “Poetry Please” forms part of your weekly routine in an unusual way – do you listen to free verse while free running, sonnets while sailing, haikus while hairdressing?
If you have an anecdote or a touching tale to tell, we’d love to hear from you. Contact the programme’s researcher, Katie Greening at firstname.lastname@example.org.