Happy 30th Flying Words Anniversary Performance by RIT/NTID alumnus Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner!

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Flying Words Project is an American Sign Language (ASL) poetry troupe comprised of Deaf Poet Peter Cook and hearing coauthor Kenny Lerner. The goal of Flying Words is probably the same as all other poets, to play with language. As luck would have it, ASL is a language of moving pictures. So Kenny and Peter juxtapose imagery you can see in creating their work. The pieces are first written in ASL. When a poem is completed, Peter and Kenny try to figure out how the hell to voice it! In other words, how to express just enough words and sounds so that hearing members in the audience can see the images for themselves.

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