I have experienced translation as a fundamental phenomenon in my communication. I feel colonization living in my words.
Brianna Clarke-Arias is a poet and essayist who primarily explores history as a legacy of power through her writing. Most of her works act as personal genealogies of imperialism as a Dominican-American. As an adult, she wants to build national labor unions to protect Black rights, women’s rights, and immigrant rights. Brianna has gotten five bee stings in her left hand and does not want you to feel guilty for your anger but to listen to it.
This poem comes from a page of “The Power to be Affected,” a philosophy essay by Michael Hardt. It is a work that first resonated with me at age 14.
This piece is about the process of reconnecting with our past selves and how the way we see things changes as we age.