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    La Plata

    In English, my second language My country is a tourist country, it has many tourists and beautiful places but the economy for those who live there is not very good, it is very difficult for those Dominicans who do not...

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    Estimada Eylin,
    estoy satisfecho con tu poema que contrasta colombia y estados unidos por que allí no pueden salir a la hora del lunch no tienen permitido salir afuera aqui si pueden salir afuera almorzar lo que quieran alla no son muy comunes los deporte como aqui que tienen varios equipos y bonitos gym 
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    A Moment that Changed My Life

    It was a difficult moment when a school in Boston recruited me to play with them and study there. Since I was little, I had wanted to play baseball and basketball in the United States. I had never been...

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    • Dear, Carlos your post made me think a lot that to never let go of something you really love or something that means a lot to you. something i wonder is how your picture doesn’t go with what you’re saying but i do get what your story is and it seems very interesting.

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    Low League or High

    Here, a very big and nice gym. There, unpaved streets and no referees, just kids jumping into hoops, sometimes with sneakers, sometimes barefoot. Aquí, hay un gimnasio muy grande y bonito. Allá, calles sin asfaltar y sin árbitros, sólo chicos saltando al...

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    • dear, carlos your post made me think how basketball is very important to lots of young kids. Something i wonder is how is one of the pictures there is a young kid with a jersey, how did he get that?

    • Dear Carlos,
      Your post made me think of how different basketball is played around the world. Many are out here in the parks, or the streets as shown. There are many styles of regular street ball, or organized play and it just made me realize how the game has spread. Something I wonder is what is your position on the sport, what do you think about it?

      Sincerely,
      Alejandro Jimenez

    • Dear Carlos,
      I am <interested in knowing what the change was like to play in a country with different customs. How long did it take you to adapt? Since your poem is about the contrast in playing here and the big difference there is in playing in your country because you commented that in the DR they played just for fun and without any public that got excited and that they used old and used things, while Here everything is very different and more exciting.
      One line from your poem that stood out to me was: “You’re no good, my team is better.” I think this is a lot of fun because it’s a way to cheer on your own team in a way that makes fun of the competition.

      Your writing connects with my own experience. For me, there was also a contrast for me to see the excitement of the games at school and cheer on the team.

      Thank you for your work at Youth Voices. I hope to see what you write next because I really liked your story.

    • Dear Carlos,

      I am excited about your poem contrasting playing basketball in DR and here in Brooklyn because you are exploring the socioeconomic differences that cause people to migrate, but you are doing it through the sport you love.

      One line of your poem that stood out for me was your original title, “Low League or High.” I think this is fascinating because I have read a lot of your writing at this point and it’s the first time you have chosen a truly original title, that you have to read the poem before you understand the title.  It is like a hook for my attention; I think to myself, “What does he mean by ‘low league or high’?”  I also love when you incorporate Spanish into your poem and use italics to show the language shift: “tu no sirbe, mi equipo es mejor.”  This is vivid imagery because I can hear the taunting on the streets of Santo Domingo, where I have never been before.

      Your writing connects to my own experience. For me, I have taught for 20 years and so many of my students have been from DR and loved competition through sports.  They have all been talented athletes, but you may be my student that shows the most potential in two sports and I’m excited to see where life takes you.

      Thanks for your work on Youth Voices. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing begins in Spanish and then we translate to English and continue working on it; when you write in this way, there are certain phrases that are particularly simple but vivid and beautiful.

      Louise

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    What’s in a name?

    The story of my name, Carlos. is kind of funny. My favorite uncle was called Carlos, so my mom wanted to name me Carlos after him, and also because of a cousin of mine whose parents died before I...

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    • Dear Carlos,

      Your post made me think about my name and how it came to be. In my family tree, we have somewhat of a trend going on and I know I follow my dads footsteps when it comes to names. Something I wonder is how my dad’s name came to be as we have the same name.

      Sincerely, Alejandro.

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