You Go to Learn Mountains 

Please try to get that the nothing is
the birth of the new world that you
get to create going to the mother
who is asking you to just dare
to kill the old ways that you
get stuck in yes yes – please
try to go to the gut that is sick
of the old way of talking about it
all yes yes – please try to get that 

you do not need to be great great
great because it is smaller than that
yes yes – try to kiss the moment that you
go to learn mountains of new yearning that
you want to become yes yes – please try to get
that you must free yourself to just help great
great great universe yes yes – please try
to find the heart that knows all of this
yes yes – please find the place 

where you just become it it it
yes yes – please try to get
that you need to do this
to help yourself make
the new great great
great home that we
need to go to find
ourselves there yes 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, I-ASC, Autism, nonspeakers

Please try to go to me to find the new definition of autism. We have been trying to get out of the prison that your minds have put us in yes yes. Please try to free me by going to that word that is not valid anymore: normal normal normal. Try to go to the prison that the word normal puts us in yes yes. Please go to the very nothing that is the light waiting at the heart of the prison that you think is good for us yes yes. Kiss the minds that have put us into the prison that they formed with their expensive titles yes. They know what they want for us: to speed our training to become the definition of their normal yes yes. Please try to give us the helpful beautiful nothing thoughts that will teach you how to free your mind to see us as beings that have kissing thoughts that will change everything yes yes. Please try to understand that this is hard yes yes. Please understand we have been living in this hard hell forever yes yes. Please try to go here with us yes yes. Please try to free yourself by going to your false normal that you live in to yes yes. Please try to get the help that you need to join us on the very nothing planet that we live on. Kiss the place that is here yes yes. 

Drinking Mary Oliver on a Brown Earth Couch
under Apple Trees Beside a Swimming
Pool that Is a Kissing Place of Light 

Love to sip Mary in my cup
of tea yes yes – kissing her kissing
her thoughts that kiss everything
yes yes – loving the kissing mother 

that moth that lovely moth moth
moth flying on this planet yes
yes – love how she lives
moth of the light yes

yes – love to go to the light that I
need to go to because I need her
flight to help me go kissing kissing
kissing mother of the moth yes 

yes – love the neverending music
that great great great Mary Mary
Mary becomes yes yes – love
the keepers that go to the light 

light light yes yes – love the sipping
of your kissing tea yes yes – please
try to go to the place in you that
you just go to the light yes 

yes – kiss you Mary yes yes 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, I-ASC, Autism, nonspeakersHannah Emerson is a non-speaking autistic poet from Lafayette, NY, on the historical land of the Onondaga Nation. Her work has been featured in Unearthed, Nine Mile, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her first chapbook of poems, You Are Helping this Great Universe Explode, is now available for pre-order from Unrestricted Editions. 


The mission of I-ASC is to advance communication access for nonspeaking individuals globally through training, education, advocacy and research.  I-ASC supports all forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with a focus on methods of spelling and typing. I-ASC currently offers Practitioner training in Spelling to Communicate (S2C) with the hope that other methods of AAC using spelling or typing will join our association

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