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Soy Boricua

Soy boricua. In spite of my family and in spite of my country—I’m writing
the process of the Puerto Rican mind—taking it out of context—as a native
and a foreigner—expressing it through Spanish, Spanglish, and
English—Independencia, Estado Libre Asociado, and Estadidad—from the
position of a nation, a colony, and a state—Wishy, Wishy-Washy, and
Washy—not as one political party that is parted into piddly parts and
partied out. Todos los partidos están partidos y son unos partidos.


Giannina Braschi, 2011.


Giannina Braschi

Giannina Braschi was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry.

Date Published: 2011-01-01

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