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"But me, I know a man can have many faces & speak out of
both sides of his mouth; I know a man can make decisions
based on the flip of a coin;
a man can be real good at long division,
give away piece after piece after piece of himself.”
"If you asked me what I was,
& you meant in terms of culture,
I’d say Dominican.
no question about it.
Can you be from a place
you have never been?
You can find the island stamped all over me,
but what would the island find if I was there?
Can you claim a home that does not know you,
much less claim you as its own?”
"To walk in this world you must be kind but also fierce." p 257
"I will not stand still while the world makes my choices." p 253
"If tension is a winged monster, / it's cast its feathers / on the roof of my house." p 238