A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

Volume 11     Issue 3     September 2017

Essays in this Issue

This issue of Wordgathering offers one of the most unique essays that readers are likely to encounter for a while. From his standpoint as a Deaf/Blind write John Lee Clarkís "Distantism" challenges the position of vision as normative starting point for personal interaction, charging able-bodied readers and some disabled ones, to re-examine the implications of their default assumptions. Two other loosely related essayís are Tasha Chemelís examinations how ableism creeps in even in fundraising for the Perkins School for the Blind and Sean Tonerís more personal essay on the the feeling of isolation being blind brings even within a family. Timothy Allen and Lorna McGinnis both contribute narrative essays on a childhood experience that helped to shape them as adults. Finally, Victoria Lee Khatoon follows up with part two of her essay from the June issue of Wordgathering on the ways that writing formal poetry are useful to her in helping to deal with issues of violence.

Most of the essayists in this issue have published work previously in this journal. To read more of their work simply click on the "Authors Index" and search under essays. Wordgathering invites the submissions of literary essays, particularly those that help establish disability literature as a field of study. Essays on the work of other writers with disabilities are especially desirable. Queries can be addressed to comments@wordgathering.com.


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