Where I'm From This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I’m from pollution and skyscrapers
And islands and immaculate beaches
I’m from fresh grouper and lobster
And day-old sushi from Carulla
I’m from breaking boards with my head
And Cuban breakfast with my Abu
I’m from El Tesoro de la Juventud
And an old red and blue mat
Dotted with the sweat of a sparring match
I’m from “Ay por Dios, Manolin!”
And Muhammad Ali
And Marc Anthony and Celia Cruz
I’m from Master Joe and Mr. Andy
And congested streets
Between no stoplights and enough stoplights
To light up the sky at midnight

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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