Poetry & Disability Justice

“Since humans appeared on earth, there has always been that desire for expression. It doesn't matter if you make it, or express it—ideas, thoughts, feelings. Deaf are an exception to that? Noooo. We're the same, but in a different way.[...] We have poems too. We have stories too. We play with language. It's the same—just a different form.”

Peter Cook, Flying Words Project

About the Project

Throughout the month of March, the Wick Poetry Center will host a series of community workshops and discussions centered on the poetry of Peter Cook, an internationally renowned Deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement. Cook’s poetry and efforts with the Flying Words Project explore the intersection of poetry and disability justice and expand ideas about what poetry is and who it belongs to. Participants anywhere will be able to contribute video or text to an interactive online community poem entitled “Open Window: Poetry and Disability Justice.” This monthlong creative conversation will culminate with an in-person performance and workshop by Peter Cook and the Flying Words Project on the Kent Campus on April 7 and 8, 2022.

Share Your Voice

Contribute to the community poem by opening the link below.

View the Responses

To see your own contribution and the voices of others, visit the link below.

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