Photo:Bellevue College ASL student Anna Kerr by Rodasmith; first posture of the ASL sign practice Art Direction: The Magazine of Yoga
Style and Substance
Language that will inspire you with the power of personal expression
BY THE MAGAZINE OF YOGA STAFF
Our series on translation resumes next week with a review of David Gordon White’s Sinister Yogis on Monday, October 11th and a premier in-depth conversation with Mark Singleton, author of Yoga Body beginning Tuesday, October 12th.
Today we’re featuring poetry in Sign as an enthusiastic tribute to the unspoken word, the physical energy of expression, and the beauty and diversity of human connection.
We chose these videos from among hundreds available on the internet not only to get you hooked on a totally groovey art, but because they demonstrate rich and inspiring contrasts in rhythms, attitudes and subjects among the poets.
We hope you find in the music of this language that underlying dignity and exuberant curiosity that brings communities of practice together. We’re enormously grateful for and energized by the gift of these performances.
Deaf Matador: The Road Not Taken
The familiar favorite gorgeously translated into ASL. You can feel Robert Frost in the tempe and you can’t take your eyes off the poem.
(The playback on this video has been uneven but it’s well worth it to let it download and run, then click replay to watch. Watch a different selection while you wait!)
©2009, By SuroalGals. Fast and furious, funky and full on, and in the end, quite sweet. This manifesto rocks.
Sheri Cook: A Number Story
Sheri is utterly ace! This is one of our favorite examples of a specific genre of Sign Lit called “number stories.”
Another genre of Sign, offered by a poet who really has it happening.
Shout out to anjelms!
Jon Lenois: Strong and Out
Our hero. The name says it all. Watch this man’s smooth, muscular and guaranteed delivery.
This is open embrace of all who Sign, ASL or not. Jon Lenois’s poetry speaks to all of us who practice, teaching us to hold our community in respect and loving regard, not criticism.
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