Orphans by Raymond Luczak

The description at YouTube:

Why do so many Deaf people seem so clannish? In this clip, Raymond Luczak explains why in a poem from his book MUTE (A Midsummer Night’s Press). Naturally, it’s subtitled for those who don’t know American Sign Language (ASL).

I’m putting this in the Spoken Word category even though it’s clearly unspoken word. For more on the poet, check out his website. Luczak is also a filmmaker, with two documentaries and two ASL storytelling collections under his belt. Thanks to Nic at Voice Alpha, a blog devoted to the art and science of reading poetry, for this great find.


  1. Reply
    Raymond Luczak 15 March, 2011

    Wow! Thank you for highlighting my poem. I was *very* surprised to learn about this site, so I’m very honored to be chosen like this.

    There’s another poem called “Jules” at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2RH926KEa4

    I will be uploading a brand-new poem called “Dupont Circle, 3 A.M.” on YouTube later this week. Be on the lookout for it at http://www.youtube.com/deafwoof

    Thank you again for “listening”!

  2. Reply
    Dave Bonta 16 March, 2011

    Hey, thanks for stopping by. The honor is all mine. I’ll be sure to subscribe to your channel on YouTube so I can keep up with your work.

  3. Reply
    Raymond Luczak 16 March, 2011


    Thank you again for your kind words.


  4. Reply
    E Stelling 25 August, 2011

    I was glad to stumble upon this site, and find so many great poets I admire, such as Raymond on here. Thanks Dave for doing this.

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