My Homeland is the Boricua Diaspora

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Photo: Nekenasoa, flickr

Photo: Nekenasoa, flickr

For many years i struggled intellectually
Being a Brooklyn Boricua
Not knowing what land to call home.

Trips to the island made it no better—
Only time and meditation did.

Torn between two worlds
Two languages made me uncomfortable:
One strange to the ear, the other forced by circumstance.

Torn between two worlds
Neither made me feel welcome:
One strange to experience, the other a cold place of exile.

Torn between two worlds
i realized i am the product of their unity:
i am a resident of a cultural and historical zone of conflict.

Here is where i was truly born.
Here is where i am free to be me.
Here i am, in a new space claiming no land,
at home in the Boricua Diaspora.


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Andre Lee Muñiz

Andre Lee Muñiz is a Boricua born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His family settled in the Brownsville-East New York section of Brooklyn in the late 1950s/ early 1960s from the Puerto Rican towns of Caguas and Añasco. As a public housing resident near Coney Island, Andre Lee attended local public schools and Kingsborough Community College. At KCC, he earned a minority student transfer scholarship to NYU, going on to earn a B.S. and M.A. degree, while also developing his interest in Puerto Rican history and culture.