Spoken Word: Disability in Poetry

Today Friday posts are back! And we’re giving you a nice serving of spoken word on the topic of disability.

Mindy brings to us her gift of spoken poems. Her first poem, “Gabriel’s Death,” outlines the heart-wrenching difficulties being a parent of a child with disability can bring. Clinical terminology cloaks her pain, but the truth of the matter can bring one to tears.

Anne: After the success of the book “Wonder” these past couple of years and increasing recognition of people with disabilities, the poem “Dad and I Return to the Disease” by John Ratz stands out even stronger. Through his simple words, he communicates the struggles that he’s faced as an able-bodied sibling to his sister, who has a disability not clearly stated in the poem.


Have you heard of other poems on this topic, or have some spoken word pieces you’d like to share? Let us know!

One Comment on “Spoken Word: Disability in Poetry

  1. Touching poetry…thank you for sharing. I especially enjoyed listening to Mindy’s “Apology to Motherhood”. I’m not a mother but I’ve witnessed the challenges–and the tender joy–of motherhood in the people in my life who are.


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