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Aliya Deri Dublin / United States, Female, 33
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  • POEM: Never Ending Cycle by Sophonie Asia Joseph (9/11/2008 2:18:00 AM)


    It reminds me of 'We Real Cool' by Gwendolyn Brooks.
    Extremely insightful.

  • POEM: My Sisters by Sophonie Asia Joseph (9/11/2008 2:16:00 AM)

    so true! It's easier to fight with family but also easier to make up. Thanks.

  • POEM: Immigration Policy by Leila Ired (9/11/2008 2:09:00 AM)

    Unfortunately, a lot of people misread this poem. (Though it's not really clear where I was going with it, I must admit.) The poem is sarcastic, because it points out that America WAS a melting pot of cultures from the very moment the Mayflower landed. (The poem lists the Puritans among its 'immigrants' to be thrown out.) Essentially, I was trying to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the arguments you may hear from many anti-immigration pundits.

    At the end of the poem, I point out that the only people left due to this 'immigration policy' would be Native Americans (the 'young brave hunting') who are the only true 'natives' of this continent.

    I am not anti-immigration in any way. Though I myself was born in America, much of my family has come here from other parts of the world and I myself have been told to 'go back' to various countries. I have the highest respect for anyone and everyone who comes here to make a better life, whether they're rich or poor. Everyone in America came from somewhere else. That was precisely the point I was trying to make.

    Thank you for pointing out that the poem was not clear. I hope other readers will read this comment and not jump to the logical conclusions about my political viewpoint.

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