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    I am Very surprised and moved,  your poem about your journey from Ecuador to New York because your life took an unexpected turn where there were sad goodbyes to people you love in addition to being in a new unknown country and from what I heard from the audio I realized that you are a person who makes an effort since your English…Read More

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    Rumbos Diferentes

    En medio de un aeropuerto está la “nada” Entre pensamientos de dos rumbos que nos guían  En un pasado y en un futuro aquellas que nosotros  Decidimos cuál rumbo escoger. In the middle of an airport is “nothing” Between thoughts of two directions that...

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    EL CUENTO (LA PLATA )Junot Diaz

    A Dominican family with 5 children lives tight and saves money by buying cheap food and cheap clothes. They did this to send a remittance to their grandparents in Santo Domingo, a remittance is basically money for support, to negotiate...

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    Mixtec is a language spoken by indigenous people in Mexico, but it is very difficult to write. You may read the poem in English and Spanish, but you may listen to audio in all three languages. Aquí, por la...

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    • Dear Sherlyn,

      I am intrigued by your poem contrasting your life in Cubalibre, Pueblo, Mexico and Brooklyn, NY  because I am interested in why people leave their homes, and what they gain, and what they lose.  I also am fascinated by your native language, Mixtec, which I had never heard before!

      One line of your poem that stood out for me was, “fatigue dominates the body…” I think this is sad but understandable because I know that when things are too difficult, it can be very hard on the body.  We always want to try to make things a little difficult but not too much, but when you change countries and languages, it is impossible.

      Your writing connects to my own experience. For me, I had an experience this year where I had to work very hard at something I had not learned or become good at yet.  It was exhausting, and it affected my mood in a significant way.  It was not an easy experience.

      Thanks for your work on Youth Voices. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have had such a beautiful life so far, and I know you are still looking for some of that beauty in Brooklyn, but I know you will find it soon.

      Louise

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