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A poem for the discussion of Multilingualism

sarak's picture

I recently found this poem by Gustavo Pérez Firmat (reading Junot Diaz's Drown), which I thought was an eloquent expression of what some multilingual individuals may experience; it is definitely what I have experienced as a primarily Russian speaker in my high school in DC.


"The fact that I 

am writing to you

in English

already falsifies what I

wanted to tell you.

My subject:

how to explain to you that I

don't belong to English

though I belong nowhere else"


~Gustavo Pérez Firmat


jccohen's picture

Thanks for sharing this - such a brief, powerful expression of language and belonging!