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 it’s 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.
Raymond Luczak is the author or editor of more than ten books, including Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life (RID Press) and Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader (Handtype Press). His novel Men with Their Hands won first place in the Project: QueerLit 2006 Contest. A playwright and filmmaker, he lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
by Raymond Luczak
Body Language 06
Poetry/Deaf Studies/Gay Studies
64 pages/perfect bound
Pub Date: 1 April 2010
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