Unlike The Hang Glider discussed in the previous chapter, Trio (p. 249) is not a ‘blended’ poem and was composed without reference to English. The richness of language and its freedom from the constraints of English make it one of Dorothy Miles’ finest sign language poems. Although Trio is not strictly a haiku (unlike her Seasons quartet), it shares many of the features that occur in the signed haiku discipline. It is made up of three very short poems, Morning, Afternoon and Evening. Each of these short poems contains rather more action than one might expect in a haiku, but the powerful visual images created and the ‘nature’ themes, coupled with the finely crafted language, make Trio the perfect example of the sign language haiku form that Dorothy pioneered.
KeywordsFinal Sign Sign Morph Deaf Person Transitional Movement Extended Metaphor
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