Skip to main content

2019 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 2019: 

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

Chinese

French

German

Italian

Japanese

Latin

Russian

Spanish

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: I'm Sorry (by Clayton Valli)

Second Selection I: Disasters (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection II: Mushroom (by Clayton Valli)
Second Selection III: Dew on the Spiderweb (by Clayton Valli)

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

Mandatory Selection: The Door (by Ella Mae Lentz)

Second Selection I: Eye Music (by Ella Mae Lentz)
Second Selection II: Circle of Life (by Ella Mae Lentz)
Second Selection III: Silence oh Painful (by Ella Mae Lentz)

Poems by Clayton Valli are from "ASL Poetry, Selected Works of Clayton Valli", ISBN: 978-0-915035-24-3, DawnSign Press. Poems by Ella Mae Lentz are from "The Treasure", ISBN: 978-0-915035-96-0, DawnSign 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.

*Please use Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari to access the link below. Firefox will not play the videos.

Videos of ASL poetry (password required)