I'll be at Orycon 32 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, OR November 12-14, mostly doing panels for writers but with some play time. I'm going to experiment with a new format for getting people who live largely in their heads to envision different types of violence and play with the physical aspects.
There will be another Savvy Authors class on-line, this one on Police Force Policies. It will draw heavily from a book under consideration at my publisher right now.
Other than that, I'm free. Which means some relaxing home time. It also means I'm more available than ever for private lessons and local workshops. I like doing nothing, but I really prefer doing something.
Enough with the business end. This is the kind of stuff I think about on long drives:
Poetry involves tweaking grammar and convention so that the lines have patterns. The patterns reflect or complement each other. This is meter, and it is one of the artistic pleasures of reading poetry.
Rhyming is arranging the poem so that the last syllable(s) of the words in each line or in a specific pattern of lines sound the same. Alliteration is starting each word with the same sound.
Do people born deaf catch these aspects when they read poetry? When someone's native language is sign, is there an equivalent art like choosing words where the right hand is in a particular position or location at the end of a line (visual rhyming?) Or tweaking the grammar so that there is a rhythmic visual pattern (meter)?
I don't know anyone who was born unable to hear... and I would love to ask these questions. That would be a fascinating conversation.