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Ashlee Sisson Poetry Reading February 3, 2011 For the poetry reading tonight Professor Foss read poems written by people around the world with Autism. Autistic people have an unique form of thinking and its both a complicated and ambiguous gift. Foss discussed an organization called “Neurodiversity” that tries to change the way people think of autism by spreading information and facts about autism. Foss read many poems by various authors. The poems were all alike in some ways such as being repetitive, very descriptive, and vivid. Donna Williams poem, “Teamwork”, was one of my favorites and I felt that I connected with it. Although I don’t usually like poetry that is repetitive, I thought it worked for Williams. Two poems written by non-verbal autistics were especially interesting to me. “Perspectives” is about the different perspectives of careers to autistic people and how parents connect with autistic
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Unformatted text preview: children. The fact that non-verbal autistics can write such amazing poetry was a bit surprising to me solely because I couldn’t imagine writing without being able to communicate. It is truly incredible to me. Another poet I enjoyed was Wendy Lawson. Her poem, “So This is Me”, was really cool because it talked about finding herself through different things and actions. I think its very easy for many people to relate to, autistic or not. One thing that was appealing to me was that each poet seemed to write about one subject, whether it was friendship or nature. Autistic people usually are interested in one subject or item and I found that it definitely shows in their poetry. I think it is neat because it really shows who they are inside and defines them....
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