How to Communicate: Poems

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.46 X 8.51 X 0.58 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author
John Lee Clark is an award-winning writer and Protactile educator. He has received the Krause Essay Prize and a National Magazine Award for his prose. His poetry collection, How to Communicate, received the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award. A 2021-2023 Bush Fellow, he lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his partner, the ASL Deaf artist Adrean Clark, their three kids, and two cats.
The poems in John Lee Clark's revolutionary How to Communicate work together as a manifesto that lays bare the ways in which a society that assumes seeing and hearing as the norm views touch as suspicious, enough so to try to outlaw touch. And yet, if manifesto, also invitation: what might it mean to write 'forward in a different direction and from a different spatial perspective, ' Clark asks, and goes on to show us, in poems of formal virtuosity, of fierce tenderness, of triumphant community.... How to Communicate is the steadily revelatory gift I didn't know I'd been waiting for.--Carl Phillips, author of Then the War
A rare and gorgeous collection powered by human touch. John Lee Clark's poems approach, feel, and detail what we thought we recognized--a tree, an airplane, and even Goldilocks--on their way to challenging and enlarging our understanding of agency, community, and, most of all, language itself. How to Communicate is a vital and precious bridge made of language--and once crossed, it will transform readers' sense of the world.--Aviya Kushner, author of Wolf Lamb Bomb
How to Communicate brims with the talent and generosity of a living classic. And what a talent! Take, for instance, Slateku, a form John Lee Clark has created based on Braille: it is both inimitable and available to anyone. Or take his brilliant prose poems that are completely unlike any other prose poems I have read.... There is simply no one else like John Lee Clark and I envy the readers who discover him for the first time.--Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic