Saturday, April 9, 2016

Between Languages

I am in love with the skeletal poetics of linguistics, not the science of words, but with the body of language. I like the shape of words in my mouth, the way my heart feels, when I speak Spanish. My mindset changes, mi corazón! Dos lenguages, tan fuerte. They say multi-lingualism keeps the brain facile, and it is said to stave off Alzheimer's. I work with the newly arrived kids, teaching them poetry. It's a gateway to learning English. I have a profound love for them, and admire their acquisition of English, and to watch them adapt and thrive in their new language is both an honor and a blessing. Poetry is the bridge. Never forget.

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