Notes on “Just Another Love Poem”

Captions provided. Watch in high definition. Watch the companion poem at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUjG6UuV7a4. Literary signs were taken from http://literature.aslprimers.org/lexicon/.

Image description: Eric Epstein, a white young man with shaved hair, wearing a green T-shirt. The background is blue. He is signing “Sum.”

Transcript: [Eric, a white man, is standing in front of a blue background] The poem “Just Another Love Poem” is basically a catharsis directed toward a beloved. The plot features several hyperboles. The first hyperbole is that I don’t need to listen to music because you are music, your eyerolls are violins, and your flirtations are literally piano-playing. The second hyperbole is that the tide goes across the beach just as wide as I open up, and the grains of sand originated from my rock-hard heart that you scattered across the shores. Third, we row on a clock across the sea of time, imagining an island where we could love a second time. For the rest of the poem, I am heartbroken by your uncertainty – weighing your wants as I boldly declare that my heart outweighs all the pounds. You don’t care, preferring instead to follow the sea as is conventional. My broken heart crashes and then breaks through the floor that it crashed upon, going deeper in despair and ending up falling in love again. The grass blades on the ground give me wings to fly again. Higher I go to loving each other everlastingly as the sun and moon move across one another, so do we. The poem circles back to the beginning assertion that I don’t need to hear the poem/expression. Instead of continuing the poem/catharsis, I ask you straight-up, “Why don’t we?”

Major disclaimer: This video is a work in progress.

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