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Deaf Republic : : Poems

Kaminsky, Ilya, 1977- Book - 2019 811.6 Ka, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Plays & Poetry / Kaminsky, Ilya None on shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, these poems confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.


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Powerful and Tragic Resistance submitted by ekjensen on August 6, 2020, 2:49pm When silence fails, oppression wins. Two bittersweet and lyrical poems highlight the loss/the victims of oppression. The narrative language used in these poems is mesmerizing and highlighted with sign language on selected pages. "The deaf do not believe in silence. Silence is the invention of the hearing."

Stunning submitted by Chacon-Lontin on September 8, 2021, 5:28pm Lean economy of words - each one laid out like an arrow being aimed at our collective humanity.. Best read in one sitting for full effect like watching a play or listening to a piece of music.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2019.
Year Published: 2019
Description: 76 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Deafness -- Poetry.
Sign language -- Poetry.
Political violence -- Poetry.
American poetry -- 21st century.