Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Poetry" in YouTube

Just uploaded a poem that I haven't performed for a long time and forgot about it. It's titled "Poetry". It's about what poetry can do to us all human beings under any experiences such as loneliness, freedom, and etc. (all mentioned in the work). The video includes my recorded voice, which I was able to sing a bit. Translated the whole work into American Sign Language (ASL).

Here is the YouTube page for you to click on and see the videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oSTH1mZ_pc&feature=youtu.be

Here is an English-written poem, copied/pasted below.


Poetry is a shining star.
Poetry is a steel guitar.
Poetry is a blooming rose.
Poetry is a search for hope.

Poetry is freedom.
Free like birds up in the sky.
Free like angels up in the sky.
Free like a violin's sweet sighs.
Free like the first kiss in the night.

Poetry is the working lament.
Poetry is the love absent.
Poetry is the bar blues.
Poetry is the loneliness blues.

Poetry is healing.
Heal us from the pain.
Heal us from the rain.
Heal us from idleness.
Heal us from loneliness.

Poetry is the shining sun.
Poetry is making love.
Poetry is laughter.
Poetry is our teacher.

Poetry is learning.
Learn to expand our minds.
Learn to enhance creative minds.
Learn to explore more.
Learn to want more.

Poetry is tears in our eyes.
Poetry is loss of sigh.
Poetry is darkness.
Poetry is sadness.

Poetry is a reminder.
Reminding us the beauty of life.
Reminding us the search for light.
Reminding us  love is always there.
Reminding us  humanity is always there.

Poetry is spiritual.
Poetry is ritual.
Poetry is anything.
Poetry is everything.

Friday, July 20, 2012

"Fragile Earth" ASL Poem in YouTube

I uploaded this ASL poem titled "Fragile Earth" into YouTube. This particular poem is about destructions on planet Earth caused by the human race while I imagine myself as an alien in a cocoon above Earth, seeing the whole mess going on down below. It's a powerful piece of work and this poem has been published several times in e-zines plus it will be published in an upcoming anthology printed book soon. 

Click on this YouTube site to see this poem:


"I'm An Artist" ASL Poem in YouTube

I uploaded "I"m An Artist" ASL poem into YouTube for the world to watch and enjoy. The poem is about me being an artist facing anti-art, fear of creativity, denial of truth, and so forth schemes or activities that exist in reality, and that as an artist, I should never feel ashamed, guilty, or bad about my work, creativity, truth, and so on. It's my revolt against anti-art attitudes or political ploy against freedom of expressions. It's my fight against fascism or ultra-conservative extremities going on. 

Click on this YouTube site address to see the video:


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dangerous Signs To Perform for Fringe Festival

Dangerous Signs, an ASL poetry/performance arts group, will perform for Rochester's upcoming Fringe Festival in September. Luane Davis Haggerty, (Director/Voicer/Actress) got Dangerous Signs to become part of the whole Fringe Festival. The Festival will show all kinds of stuff: poetry, dance, music, and etc. Troy Chapman, myself (Eddie Swayze), and others will perform poetry, performance arts, and storytelling in American Sign Language at this particular Festival.

Luane, Troy, and I were at the Little Theatre downtown Rochester to be part of their Press Release celebration. A few performers (hearing) did their short skits on stage at the Theatre (P.U.S.H., Kasha Davis - drag queen performer, and a few others). Speeches were presented as well. Thomas Warfield, a renown dancer/singer/actor, who teaches Dance at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) were there. We are all excited to present our talents for this special Festival. Details of dates/time/etc. will be posted in here soon.