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2017 Poems

Poems are only available in PDF version. This format provides you with a printable page. The PDF version requires Adobe Acrobat to open. This software is free. Download Acrobat here.

Poems for 2017: 

IMPORTANT: No change or variation of the text as given will be accepted. Students must recite the selections as they are posted.

ASL Poetry

NOTE: Students are required to sign from memory two poems: the Mandatory Selection as well as one from the other three poems under Second Selection.

Class A:  Students of ASL and CODAs (children of deaf adults) who are not fluent.

Mandatory Selection:  Tears of Life (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection I: Hands (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection II: Bernard Bragg's Flowers and Moonlight on the Spring Water.
Second Selection III: Cow and Rooster (by Clayton Valli)

Class B: Native ASL users and CODAs with proficiency equivalent to native users.

Mandatory Selection: Dew on Spiderweb (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection I: Deaf World (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection II: I'm Sorry (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection III: Mushroom (by Clayton Valli)

Poems by Clayton Valli are from "ASL Poetry, Selected Works of Clayton Valli", ISBN: 978-0-915035-24-3. Dawn Sign Press. Due to copyright protection, we are not allowed to post the poems on our website. However, if you are a registered contest entrant, teacher of the registered entrants, or judge, we can send you, upon request, the password for you to view the poems.  Please contact poetry_declamation to obtain the password.

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Videos of ASL poetry (password required)