Poetry of the future: Native from Everywhere

A graduate without a future in one of my classes said the following when asked if they were a native New Yorker: “I am not a native New Yorker, I am a native from everywhere”.

This person is also an army child. Their parents were in the military and they traveled all over the world.

So much of NYC politics is based around the authenticity of location.  It is paradoxical. Capital of all sorts is highly fluid and yet so much of our understanding of identity is stuck in place and time. Capital bends time and space…

This quote certainly warrants the award of poetry of the future. When someone asks you if you are a native of city X, all our responses should be “I am a native from everywhere.”

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