Being bicultural is kind of this great little hidden secret
It's living in two worlds at the same time.
And as a writer, it's fascinating to me because I'm constantly
paying attention to language.
I don't remember ever having a first language because I um
it was like, what was your first language?
Like, I never remember ever not knowing two languages because
when, I mean, I'm sure I learned Spanish first because it seemed
But since I was in day care, when, when we came, when we emigrated
to the United to New York, um my brother was seven years old
still didn't know English.
He had spent three months in Spain.
My parents knew not one, not one word in English.
And then as I, they got right to work.
So I started going to g days day care.
Um As soon as I, you know, I was able to probably at two and I had
a little friend, Jay, uh African American kid, I'll never
And um he taught me English.
So I knew as I was learning Spanish, I was learning English
and my parents would eventually you by four or five years old
they were asking me how to translate things, how to, how do
How do you say that?
How do you say that?
Um And it's really, to me it's more than the language.
It's, it's, it's two ways of thinking about the world.
Um It's two ways of solving problems.
It's two ways of asking questions.
It's two ways of everything and it's, and, and being by culture
is kind of this great little hidden secret that you have, especially
where I live in Maine.
You know, it's always this other dimension.
It's always like sort of, you have a twin, you know, it's always
standing an invisible twin that you can like sort of become
that twin any single, any single moment.
Um It fascinates me as a poet because of how language, how,
how language affects how the, the connection between language
and culture and how the language reflects the culture and
how the culture reflects the language and how those two things
kind of happen together and, and create uh a mode of, of thinking
and a and a and a kind of a, a demeanor in, in a culture that's
actually dictated by the language or rather the language
is probably a reflection of those things that happen.