A Rican Being

A poem about identity.

Miguel Adrover

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Collage by Miguel Adrover (astronomy textbooks, old magazines).

Is a human animal
That faces the national question
As
a quantum broth of confusion
& resentment & history & less than

& molecular detritus
— of the colonial variety —

& name dropping[s], próceres
*
with 19th Century hangovers;

Human animals kissed by Anthropocene’s lips,
Beings kicked by Manifest Destiny’s boots —

Human animals blursed with blooms of glossolalia,
Beings cursed with equal parts of
Lilliput & Gargantua.

*eminent people.

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