Poetry and Disability

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American poets who do not identify as being disabled have long used crippling and crippled tropes to signify everything from abjection and spiritual despair to picaresque comedy. My view has always been that since no one is lower on the rungs in America than her poets, and since poetry is often a relatively adolescent art, […]

Disability, Identity, and Phantom Acceptance

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In his canonical book Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, Erving Goffman observed that the disabled are managed by the non-disabled with “phantom acceptance”–a dance of sorts where the disabled must replicate with every gesture the provisional codes of acceptance that “stigma management” has offered. Goffman puts it elegantly:   “The stigmatized individual […]

Disability, Identity, and Phantom Acceptance

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In his canonical book Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, Erving Goffman observed that the disabled are managed by the non-disabled with “phantom acceptance”–a dance of sorts where the disabled must replicate with every gesture the provisional codes of acceptance that “stigma management” has offered. Goffman puts it elegantly:   “The stigmatized individual […]

Today Show and Guiding Eyes: It Takes a Village

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If you have been watching NBC’s Today Show recently you know about “Wrangler” the guide dog puppy from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. In an unprecedented TV event, the cast and crew of  Today is raising a puppy who may one day become a guide dog for a blind person. I have more than passing […]

With My Guide Dog in Italy

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My dog follows me into sleep. I dreamt of her while in Venice.  By day we floated on the Grand Canal, at night I swam with her in a New England lake.  Animals are the key to all the secrets of the subconscious.  Corky followed me up a slope of raspberry bushes.  Beautiful flowering trees […]

 

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Letters to Borges

Planet of the Blind

Only Bread, Only Light

Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening

The Poet's Notebook

Do Not Interrupt: A Playful Take on the Art of Conversation