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Poetry

let poet/artist erica milam take you inside her world

One of the wonderful things about poetry, about words, is that they carry a beauty of their own; one need not fully grasp their meaning to be deeply moved by them. Whether you’re an incurably poetic soul or just want to explore the mind of a gifted young woman with autism for a moment, let these two poems of Erica’s lift you on “rice paper wings.”

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Barking Sycamores: Writer/Poet/Autism Self-Advocate Nicole Nicholson’s New Online Poetry Journal

Nicole has been writing her own poetry since age 12 and for the last several years has been recording her poems and blogging, giving readers and listeners keen insight into her mind. Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as an adult after years of struggling to fit in to the world around her, she considers poetry her native language.

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Jeffrey Kellen

Jeffrey Kellen is the founder of Artists and Autism, a Facebook page devoted to artistic works, open to all on the autism spectrum and those impacted by them. Jeff enjoys writing poetry and short stories himself; featured here is his poem, “Speechless.”

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Russell Lehmann

Writing poetry has become a form of catharsis for this young man with autism; his language and imagery provide a unique perspective from the spectrum…

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Nicole Nicholson

An adult with Asperger’s — undiagnosed until a year ago — Nicole has been expressing herself in poetry since she was 12 and has since achieved considerable notability for her work. Her poem “You Don’t See It” employs wonderful imagery, offering insight into her perception of the world. Not to be missed!

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Sydney Edmond

This teenager’s poetry, from her published collection, offers delightful insight into the way she sees the world. Her mom tells the fascinating story of how Sydney learned to communicate after being diagnosed with autism and apraxia …

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Mayra Ron

Mayra Ron good-humoredly refers to herself as a “crazy woman” – and despite her positive attitude, the challenges she’s faced would tend to make anyone a little bit crazy…

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Joel Ross

This thought-provoking poem asks us to look through the eyes of autism…

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Edward Byrne

Valpariaso University professor Edward Byrne writes poems about autism from the perspective of a father…

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