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My poems in native and second languages

 Digital Work
Identifier: ds_0027_graybilllectureperformance_cap_01.mp4


  • Creation: 1987



Graybill shares his personal history relating to family, education, and community experiences growing up with English and ASL. He performs examples of translated poetry (from English to ASL: Not Waving But Drowning and Richard Cory) including his own compositions in English (Deaf Pride). He provides examples of poetic signing and use of metaphor by Deaf community members. In addition, he performs the first poem he created in ASL (Surprise). He also discusses the context and enacts excerpts from his National Theatre of the Deaf performance "On the Harmfulness of Tobacco."


382.79 Megabytes (mp4)


Sign Languages


General Note

This material was digitized as part of a CLIR Hidden Collections grant: "Sculptures in the Air: An Accessible Online Video Repository of the American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and Literature Collections at the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive (RIT/NTID DSA) in Rochester, NY." Original VHS recordings were transferred to mp4 format, captioned, and voiced, by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Production Services department.

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA