by Raymond Luczak
A Midsummer Night's Press
Body Language 06
Poetry/Deaf Studies/Gay Studies
64 pages/perfect bound
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|Do not be afraid of your face.
Move into a beam of light
in the bar. Smile openly.
Watch his hands move
quicker than strobe lights
as he surveys the crowd with his friends.
Do not think of how hard
it might be to have a casual
-- From How to Fall for a Deaf Man
Silence is always a powerful statement, but even more so in the hands of Raymond Luczak, who demonstrates in his third collection what its like to navigate between the warring languages of confusion and clarity.
As a deaf gay man in the hearing world, he lends an unforgettable voice to his reality of ache and loss beyond the inadequate translation of sound.
Poems include "Instructions to Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man," "Algae," "Mannequins," "Waiting for You to Learn Sign Language," "Marenisco Eyes," and "1989."
Click on this to see two clips of Raymond Luczak talking about his book Mute, and performing his award-winning poem "Orphans." Both clips are subtitled for those who don't know American Sign Language (ASL).
Amos Lassen, one of the most influential reviewers on Amazon and elsewhere, has made Mute #6 in his list of Top 11 Books of 2010 (so far).
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