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Closure in Sign Language Poetry

In any poem there will be a moment when we suddenly feel its full impact. It is when we think ‘A-ha!’ It is the moment of the cracking whip that gets the full focus of our attention. That whip-crack is often at the end of the poem. Students at Swarthmore College have made the first ever study of closure in sign language poems, in preparation for the Festival in March. In the piece they have written here, the students show how the sign language poets ‘crack the whip’ to make us feel the full impact of the poem. Have a look at their complete work, in the full text of ‘Closure in Sign Language Poetry‘ and see some of the potential and the richness just waiting to be explored in sign language poetry.
There will be more poems like this performed at the festival, March 16-18 2012.

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