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Where I'm From Poems by George Ella Lyon and Willie Perdomo

Author: George Ella Lyon and Willie Perdomo

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Where I'm From, by George Ella Lyon

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(Oct 16 2018 1:40PM) : To play this, right click on player and open it in another tab or right-click this link to open in a new tab: http://www.georgeellalyon.com/audio/where.mp3 [Edited]
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compitionpoint pooja sharma (Jan 08 2019 2:51PM) : amazing more

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I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 6:14PM) : She is talking her family and what she remembers about her life
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Ms. Emily Wilkinson (Jul 08 2018 9:29PM) : I am not familiar with many of these images, but they give me an idea that this person is from a rural south. I can envision the senses of this person's childhood. [Edited] more

I think it’s important to show a person these memories with details like smells, sights, sounds and specific details. They help to transport the person there.

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Munisa Isanova (Jul 19 2018 10:02AM) : I think here she is talking about her life and she is describing her neighborhood.
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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:29AM) : she talking about where she is. more

she talking about how is it where she is, and everything she remember about her place.

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Genesis Sosa (Nov 07 2018 11:08AM) : How can you be from a thing, like a clothespin?
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Mary Perez Aguirre (Mar 07 2017 9:00AM) : Lyon is describing things from her "home". [Edited]
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Tania Gutama (Jul 16 2018 10:33AM) : This could be the smell that she can describe as home or that makes her feel home, maybe because where she lived most people washed their clothes with clorox and that's why it smells like clorox a lot
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Mariely Padilla (Oct 23 2018 8:31AM) : Clorox and carbon-Tetra-chloride may be the supplements used to wash clothes more

those supplements may have been used where he lived back home

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Miguel Villasenor (May 16 2017 9:14AM) : Dirt from under the back porch can metaphorically mean from a nasty, dark place.
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Oswaldo Falcon Garcia (Jul 17 2018 11:10AM) : i believe that she live in a free land fill of dirt.
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Eliezer Velazquez Juarez (Jul 24 2018 9:54AM) : The author is talking about washing and drying clothes more

This makes me think they live in the country because they havee the space to hang dry clothes.

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Madjiguene Sarr (Jul 25 2018 10:00AM) : The speaker is saying that they come from dirt from under the porch. more

maybe the speaker is saying that their family was very poor growing up because the speaker said that they came from dirt, which means nothing.

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Ms. esther mongani (Jul 26 2018 10:24AM) : The author is literally saying that they come from fudge and glasses. more

The author could be saying that she comes from someone who is really sweet and another person who only sees things from their perspective.

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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 5:18PM) : I am black. I am popping
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Morris Johnson (Jul 11 2018 11:02AM) : She is describing the taste of the ground. more

I wonder why she would be able to taste the gorund

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Oswaldo Falcon Garcia (Jul 11 2018 11:13AM) : I think so that she probably tripped because no one will taste grass just like that.
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Maria Malik (Jul 19 2018 10:35AM) : she is tell about taste of under ground. I see is about ground. more

She is talking about her home things like five senses. She also talking about memories of her house. It is important because she remember her childhood memories.

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Mary Perez Aguirre (Mar 07 2017 9:07AM) : maybe the "forsythia bush" is from her home
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Jai Bhagwan (Jul 12 2018 10:56AM) : They used Forsythia bush is from their garden and they remember this thing
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Eliezer Velazquez Juarez (Jul 18 2018 10:18AM) : I am from the garden of your house
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Dust Eshan (Oct 23 2018 8:07AM) : Forsythia bush more

i think she had forsythia bush in her garden of homecountry

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Wilson Rodriguez (Nov 15 2018 12:26PM) : Dutch elm is a tree [Edited]
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Nayelin Ferrera (Jul 17 2018 10:00AM) : I think it means that those extremities caused problems and she remembers them as if it had happened to her
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Madjiguene Sarr (Jul 18 2018 8:45AM) : The speaker is remembering an old tree more

This reminds me that things don’t stay the same, they change over time

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Ms. esther mongani (Jul 19 2018 8:41AM) : This tree has lost it's limbs more

I wonder how much time has passed for the speaker since she saw the tree last.

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I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair. I'm from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down! I'm from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

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Genesis Sosa (Nov 07 2018 11:13AM) : I think the author is talking about her culture [Edited]
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Jada Rios (Nov 09 2018 7:42AM) : key ideas is how she talks about where shes from going in deep telling us exactly how she grew up more

the speaker takes the reader on a journey through her childhood through time and into the home where she was brought up

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Jada Rios (Nov 09 2018 7:44AM) : key ideas is how she uses the word restoreth more

this is a religious upbringing the phrase he restoreth my soul is from psalm 23, from the old testament of the bible

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Eliezer Velazquez Juarez (Jul 24 2018 9:58AM) : The speaker is saying they are literally from chocolate and glasses more

I think the author is saying that she comes from people who are very sweet

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Madjiguene Sarr (Jul 25 2018 10:13AM) : The speaker is saying that they come from fudge and eyeglasses more

I think the author is saying that she comes from people or from a place that is sweet and wise. Fudge is sweet and glasses sometimes represents age or intelligence.

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Nayelin Ferrera (Jul 25 2018 10:42AM) : The speaker is saying they are literally from chocolate and eyeglasses more

I think that person refers to that he likes chocolate and has a contact lens.

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Dust Eshan (Oct 18 2018 8:09AM) : fudge eyeglasses more

I think she meant she is from a modern
country

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Mame Diouf (Jul 11 2018 11:10AM) : i think this means that, in where she is from, knowledge is shared and experiences are exchanged. [Edited] more

and this can be described like the griots. history pass from a generation to another.

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Litzy Veliz Muniz (Jul 11 2018 11:12AM) : That they older people has past on there things more

For me i think that the ‘And the pass-it-ons,’ means that they older people pass on there genes or what they are known for.

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Tania Gutama (Jul 16 2018 10:35AM) : Her family might have an object that have passed from generation to generation
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Miguel Villasenor (May 16 2017 9:19AM) : This line can also interpret to "be alert, stay quiet"
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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 5:21PM) : I think it is she is from her dad or a man any father figure and he is with her like me. My dad is always with me.
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santiago cadme (Jul 17 2017 10:55AM) : You are a very interesting person more
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Nayelin Ferrera (Jul 25 2018 10:47AM) : the person says he can say sentences or short sentences.

I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee. From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

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Ms. Emily Wilkinson (Jul 08 2018 10:03PM) : Here I see the author use a connection to foods and actions to help share their upbringing and identity. more

The author’s noting of proper noun places (possibly restaurants) and foods help to show us how important food and eating is to one’s self. I often crave the foods of my youth and think of them as a window into how I was raised. The author also shares snippets of stories that have been passed down from their childhood, reminding us also of how essential family stories are to ourselves.

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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:34AM) : from the finger my grandfather lost to the auger. more

she saying what her grandfather do and her father

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Genesis Sosa (Nov 07 2018 11:21AM) : I think This could be what people used to eat in her culture
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santiago cadme (Jul 17 2017 10:57AM) : I like how to turn your words into a secret language that few understand
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Mary Perez Aguirre (Mar 07 2017 9:03AM) : I think this scentence talks about what he eats or what his culture eats.
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Tania Gutama (Jul 16 2018 10:36AM) : This could be what people used to eat
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Mame Diouf (Jul 16 2018 11:05AM) : she is telling us the two most popular food from where she is from.
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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 5:22PM) : I didn't know my grandfather but people say I look like him.
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Jai Bhagwan (Jul 12 2018 10:59AM) : Probably his grandfather lost his finger for corn and strong coffee
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Arancha Burgos Ordonez (Jul 16 2018 10:46AM) : what it can be one reason why his grandfather lost his finger more

maybe he safe the life of one of his sons and he sacrifaced his finger

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Oswaldo Falcon Garcia (Jul 17 2018 11:16AM) : I think that means that her dad always keeps eyes on her
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Ms. esther mongani (Jul 26 2018 10:29AM) : The speaker is saying that her father had to close his eye in order to see. more

The author could be saying that maybe sometimes people do things wrong but our family still loves us by closing their eyes to our mistakes.

Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams. I am from those moments--
snapped before I budded --
leaf-fall from the family tree.

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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 6:25PM) : What she remembers about her room and dream
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Aliyabanu Topia (Jul 13 2017 9:27AM) : i think in this paragraph she talks about her family pictures that she lost
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Maria Malik (Jul 19 2018 10:04AM) : I agree with you. I see she felt emotion when she saw the picture. more

I agree with you because I think she lost her family or friends She have picture This is important because she miss her/his best friend.

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Ms. Emily Wilkinson (Jul 08 2018 9:31PM) : The author ties the poem up in such a lovely way--connecting themself to a past that extends beyond them. What actions and feelings of our parents and grandparents have helped shaped our lives? [Edited] more

I think it is important to understand that events that occurred before our births are essential forces on our upbringing. What would have happened, for example, if our parents had never met? What events shaped our parents’ relationships with their siblings and parents? How have those relationships changed the ways in which our parents raised us?

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Munisa Isanova (Jul 19 2018 10:27AM) : In this paragraph she talks about how she found old pictures of her family that she lost.
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Huiwen Li (Jul 19 2018 10:35AM) : I see old memory in this paragraph, like an old photo you place in a drawer you will never check. But after many years pass by, all the sudden you open that drawer and see that old picture. more

It’s important for me because it can remain people think about their pass and connect the writing to them-self. It’s connected to me because the poem remained me about my past when I looking at the old picture in my grandfather’s house.

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Ms. esther mongani (Jul 26 2018 10:35AM) : Under the speakers bed is a box of old family pictures. more

The author could be saying that she loves her family and that she stands on her family’s history.

She could also be saying that she is ashamed of her family because no one can see the picture because they’re under her bed.

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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:35AM) : "old pictures" more

she found old picture of how she was when she was younger and how her family was.

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Jada Rios (Nov 09 2018 7:47AM) : the key ideas are the words she uses which babbles me more

the final two lines are a mystery. what does she mean when she says that she was snapped before she budded? does this imply that she was broken and wasnt allowed to flourish?

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santiago cadme (Jul 17 2017 10:58AM) : You're saying that under your bed you keep your photos in a box I really like your poem
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Arancha Burgos Ordonez (Jul 11 2018 11:10AM) : She have old pictures when she was a kid and pictures can bring her really especial moments is his life. more

i think this mean that she have many pictures that she loves maybe she have pictures with his best friend that she don’t see anymore because maybe she go to other city.

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Jai Bhagwan (Jul 12 2018 11:00AM) : Maybe he found some old pictures from that box and he spill them for seeing
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Madjiguene Sarr (Jul 18 2018 11:06AM) : she found a old picture in the box.
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Mary Perez Aguirre (Mar 07 2017 9:04AM) : Old faces who are no longer her friends now or people who have just left her.
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Miguel Villasenor (May 16 2017 9:23AM) : A sift of lost faces can also mean the faces of the ones who have passed or of faces that have been forgotten.
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Katherine Penafiel (Jul 11 2018 11:13AM) : the old faces may be the friends that now are the people that who have just left her alone. more

the lost faces can also mean the faces of the ones who have passed, or their old friends that just left her.

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Tania Gutama (Jul 11 2018 11:17AM) : She is describing how she still has pictures from people who were once related to her or from people who loved her and she loved them too but now they were gone. more

Who specifically she had pictures from and why she still has them if they are not close anymore or maybe lost.

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Eliezer Velazquez Juarez (Jul 24 2018 10:04AM) : Under the bed there is a box of old pictures more

This makes me think that the author is either trying to keep her memories safe or that they are ashamed of their family.

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Madjiguene Sarr (Jul 25 2018 10:29AM) : The speaker's father closed his eyes so that he more

Why did the speaker’s father have to close his eyes to see? Was the speaker’s father closing his eye to something that he disapproved of in order to have a relationships with the speaker?

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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 5:26PM) : To be a part of your dreams a reality
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Nayelin Ferrera (Jul 11 2018 11:17AM) : I think that sentence meant that there is no obstacle to divert your dreams
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Mariely Padilla (Oct 23 2018 8:40AM) : to drift beneath her dreams ,to dream as much as you want even when enduring obstacles more

dreaming doesn’t cause harm and as long as you dream it you can momentarily distract yourself from reality

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“Where I'm From” grew out of my response to a poem from Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Orchard Books, 1989; Theater Communications Group, 1991) by my friend, Tennessee writer Jo Carson. All of the People Pieces, as Jo calls them, are based on things folks actually said, and number 22 begins, “I want to know when you get to be from a place. ” Jo's speaker, one of those people “that doesn't have roots like trees, ” tells us “I am from Interstate 40” and “I am from the work my father did.

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In the summer of 1993, I decided to see what would happen if I made my own where-I'm-from lists, which I did, in a black and white speckled composition book. I edited them into a poem — not my usual way of working — but even when that was done I kept on making the lists. The process was too rich and too much fun to give up after only one poem. Realizing this, I decided to try it as an exercise with other writers, and it immediately took off. The list form is simple and familiar, and the question of where you are from reaches deep.

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Mame Diouf (Jul 16 2018 10:33AM) : i think this means that while working on the list to create the poem, she got so into it that she could not stop, it was like it brought him"back in time". more

i strongly agree with this, the “where I am from” question, leads to a ton of memories and experiences.

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Since then, the poem as a writing prompt has traveled in amazing ways. People have used it at their family reunions, teachers have used it with kids all over the United States, in Ecuador and China; they have taken it to girls in juvenile detention, to men in prison for life, and to refugees in a camp in the Sudan. Its life beyond my notebook is a testimony to the power of poetry, of roots, and of teachers. My thanks to all of you who have taken it to heart and handed it on. It's a thrill to read the poems you send me, to have a window into that many young souls.

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Dust Eshan (Oct 23 2018 8:28AM) : yong soul more

i think she saying its nice to read to poem and get to know and see alot of young people soul which means how they think what they do ETC

I hope you won't stop there, though. Besides being a poem in its own right, “Where I'm From” can be a map for a lot of other writing journeys. Here are some things I've thought of:

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Nayelin Ferrera (Jul 25 2018 11:02AM) : I think it means that you do not stop in your dreams.
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Where to Go with "Where I'm From"

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(Feb 06 2017 10:53AM) : Here are some ideas on how to write your own "Where I'm From" poem.
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While you can revise (edit, extend, rearrange) your “Where I'm From” list into a poem, you can also see it as a corridor of doors opening onto further knowledge and other kinds of writing. The key is to let yourself explore these rooms. Don't rush to decide what kind of writing you're going to do or to revise or finish a piece. Let your goal be the writing itself. Learn to let it lead you. This will help you lead students, both in their own writing and in their response as readers. Look for these elements in your WIF poem and see where else they might take you:

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  • a place could open into a piece of descriptive writing or a scene from memory.
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  • your parents' work could open into a memory of going with them, helping, being in the way. Could be a remembered dialogue between your parents about work. Could be a poem made from a litany of tools they used.
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  • an important event could open into freewriting all the memories of that experience, then writing it as a scene, with description and dialogue. It's also possible to let the description become setting and directions and let the dialogue turn into a play.
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    Munisa Isanova (Jul 19 2018 9:52AM) : I think the key ideas is memories. He turned his memories in relevance.
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    Mame Diouf (Jul 18 2018 9:37AM) : this means that we turn our memories or events that we remember into a nice poem more

    I think this is good because it will help you write poem about facts that really happened.

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  • food could open into a scene at the table, a character sketch of the person who prepared the food, a litany of different experiences with it, a process essay of how to make it.
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  • music could take you to a scene where the music is playing; could provide you the chance to interleave the words of the song and words you might have said (or a narrative of what you were thinking and feeling at the time the song was first important to you (“Where I'm Singing From”).
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  • something someone said to you could open into a scene or a poem which captures that moment; could be what you wanted to say back but never did.
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  • a significant object could open into a sensory exploration of the object-what it felt, sounded, smelled, looked, and tasted like; then where it came from, what happened to it, a memory of your connection with it. Is there a secret or a longing connected with this object? A message? If you could go back to yourself when this object was important to you, what would you ask, tell, or give yourself?
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Remember, you are the expert on you. No one else sees the world as you do; no one else has your material to draw on. You don't have to know where to begin. Just start. Let it flow. Trust the work to find its own form.

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Dust Eshan (Oct 23 2018 8:37AM) : own from more

i think it means if you trust something u can find more information about it


Where I'm From, by Willie Perdomo

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Because she liked the “kind of music” that I listened to and she liked the way I walked as well as the way I talked, she always wanted to know where I was from.

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Bederlin Galvez (Jul 17 2017 10:34AM) : What kind of music do you like?
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Mame Diouf (Jul 16 2018 10:18AM) : i think by asking him where he is from, it's like she will be able to justify his accent or music preference. more

i think this can be pretty offending sometimes because where we lived does not define who we are.

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Jai Bhagwan (Jul 16 2018 10:43AM) : She is telling about our self and her friend what do they like.
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Eliezer Velazquez Juarez (Jul 24 2018 10:20AM) : Where he is come from? more

that the person who asked him where he was from because he liked his way of speaking and also the kind of music.

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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:41AM) : " she like the kind of music that I like" more

he talk about what he and the other person likes.

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Mariely Padilla (Oct 25 2018 8:24AM) : she asking what he liked gave out the impression that she might be interested on knowing more about him more

leading him to explain and asking,if he told her where he was from and his background will she still be interested

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If I said that I was from 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, right in the heart of a transported Puerto Rican town, where the hodedores live and night turns to day without sleep, do you think then she might know where I was from?

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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 6:09PM) : I mean i'm not from lexington but In oakland i'm from the 100's
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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 6:26PM) : Where he is from, hood wise
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Jul 13
Aliyabanu Topia (Jul 13 2017 11:20AM) : i think where he lives the place is like hell. more

he say the night turns to day without sleep because they don’t sleep because how of the gunshot or the police that comes through their house for no reason

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Pooja Bhaskar (Jul 17 2017 10:00AM) : Are there any parts that make you think he is proud of where he is from?
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Ms. Emily Wilkinson (Jul 08 2018 9:32PM) : This section reminds us of how essential it is to invite your readers on a journey. As I read on, I recognize the difficulty that I'd have in really getting to know where the author is from if just given an intersection. [Edited] more

I think that this is important because it quickly shows where the setting will take place while inviting the reader to explore the location further. It makes us check what we already know (or assume) of the location while enticing us to learn more about the place.

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Jul 19
Huiwen Li (Jul 19 2018 10:47AM) : I see the reason why he write down more things about himself,because only write down the address is not enough to tell were a person actually from. more

It’s impotent to me because this is the reason why the writing started, and it explain the new way to write about “where I’m from”. It remain me the time I wrote about"where I’m from", and I only introduced my homeland, and now I have a new way to tell were I really from.

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Nov 9
Jada Rios (Nov 09 2018 7:52AM) : key ideas is explaining this is just how life goes more

a part of his poem that stands out is where his mother explains to him that this is how his life is and she accepts how they live

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Wilson Rodriguez (Nov 16 2018 10:16AM) : 110th st and Lexington is a very bad street especially at night
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Where I’m from, Puerto Rico stays on our minds when the fresh breeze of café con leche y pan con mantequilla comes through our half-open windows and under our doors while the sun starts to rise.

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Tania Gutama (Jul 11 2018 11:24AM) : Here he is describing on how his neighborhood smells like and how he can describe the smell of his neighborhood, where everyone eat the same breakfast maybe.
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Arancha Burgos Ordonez (Jul 16 2018 10:41AM) : here he is describing what he eat more

maybe he eat that mostly in the breasfast

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Ms. esther mongani (Jul 26 2018 10:38AM) : Puerto Rico stays on the mind of the speaker more

I connect to this line because my country, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and culture stay on my mind too. I think about the food, dance, education, music, family, friends…everything.

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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:43AM) : "the fresh breeze of cafe con leche y pan" more

he saying all that in he country they do everyday the thing that they used to eat the most.

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Abel Acosta (Oct 18 2018 8:50AM) : Willie Perdomo is talking about about the conditions they live Puerto Rico how people treat other how the police will knock u out and say that it happened by it self.his saying how dramatic and happy people could be in Puerto. more

I think that hes explaining how Puerto Rico could have a different taste from a lot of culture.in my opinion all he is saying is that Puerto Rico is unique,and that no one would take that from them.

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Where I’m from, babies fall asleep to the bark of a German shepherd named Tarzan. We hear his wandering footsteps under a midnight sun. Tarzan has learned quickly to ignore the woman who begs her man to stop slapping her with his fist. “Please, baby! Por favor! I swear it wasn’t me. I swear to my mother! Mameeee!!” (Her dead mother told her that this would happen one day.)

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Ms. Emily Wilkinson (Jul 08 2018 9:34PM) : I really like how the author brings in the voices of neighbors (or maybe family members/self) to round their identity
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Jada Rios (Nov 09 2018 7:54AM) : violence is everywhere more

other places experiences losing somebody to some form of violence because its life. but i believe it doesnt have to be

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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:47AM) : " the babies fall asleep to the bark of a German shepherd name Tarzan" more

he saying that in he country they read story to the babies so that they can fall sleep, he put as a example the story of Tarzan.

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Ms. esther mongani (Jul 26 2018 10:41AM) : The dog has learned to ignore the woman being slapped by her man. more

This makes me remember things that happened in my country because women had to beg their husbands or other men to not slap or hurt them.

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Where I’m from, Independence Day is celebrated every day. The final gunshot from last night’s murder is followed by the officious knock of a warrant squad coming to take your bread, coffee and freedom away.

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Ms. Emily Wilkinson (Jul 08 2018 10:26PM) : In this neighborhood, we see that freedoms have been expelled through violence (murder and the police). more

This speaks of what many of us take for granted—our constitutional rights to privacy and freedom.

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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 6:10PM) : The fourth of July is everyday in Oakland
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Oswaldo Falcon Garcia (Jul 18 2018 9:47AM) : i think this means that the final shot of last night is for to take all other people life.

Where I’m from, the police come into your house without knocking. They throw us off rooftops and say we slipped. They shoot my father and say he was crazy. They put a bullet in my head and say they found me that way.

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Mame Diouf (Jul 11 2018 11:25AM) : i think this paragraph shows us that people are not treated fairly and their security depends on whether you are rich or poor
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Bederlin Galvez (Jul 17 2017 10:36AM) : That's a good detail to . know about your country
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Tania Gutama (Jul 11 2018 11:26AM) : He describes how police feel like it is okay to enter into someone's house without their permission because they are the ones who can do so only because they can harm someone by just being a police
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Arancha Burgos Ordonez (Jul 16 2018 10:44AM) : maybe that zone is danger [Edited] more

he is describing hwo it’s where he lives

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Jai Bhagwan (Jul 16 2018 10:45AM) : she is saying police come their house without knocking because they are from other country.
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Madjiguene Sarr (Jul 25 2018 10:45AM) : The police come into people's homes without knowcking more

This shows that police are disrespectful to people in the speaker’s community.

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Ms. esther mongani (Jul 26 2018 10:43AM) : The police enter without permission more

This stands out to me because the police can do whatever they want without consequences. They kill people and come into their homes just like the speaker is saying.

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Mariely Padilla (Oct 25 2018 8:28AM) : where his from there barely any rights for people to be able to defend themselves while the police is intruding their home more

its showcasing how the abuse of power is where his from and how the police on no authority comes into their home taking their peace and freedom away

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Litzy Veliz Muniz (Jul 11 2018 11:25AM) : the police have the right and power. more

they police have the right to do whatever they want because to the state they are the law.

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Eliezer Velazquez Juarez (Jul 24 2018 10:24AM) : you do not know what day the police can be in your house more

it’s like saying you do not know who can be in your house at any time

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Oswaldo Falcon Garcia (Jul 11 2018 11:24AM) : i notice that where he is from is not a safe neighborhood. Because they killed his dad and they was about kill him to.
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Oswaldo Falcon Garcia (Jul 18 2018 9:50AM) : this means that they found a way for him to die quicker.
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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:49AM) : "they put a bullet in my head and say they found me that way" more

WHERE HE IS FROM IS NOT SAFE, BECAUSE EVENT THE POLICE DO THINGS THEY NOT SUPPOSED TO DO.

Where I’m from, you run to the hospital emergency room because some little boy spit a razor out of his mouth and carved a crescent into your face. But you have to understand, where I’m from even the dead have to wait until their number is called.

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Bederlin Galvez (Jul 17 2017 10:41AM) : This paragraph its very unique, it totally caugh my attention.
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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 17 2018 8:02AM) : this paragraph really catch my attention. more

in my country is like that too that in the hospitals you need to wait and wait still the nurse call you even when you are dying.

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Jada Rios (Nov 09 2018 7:56AM) : police brutality more

paradomo skillfully describes the outrageous events of police invading homes to kill innocent families for the heck of it

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Jada Rios (Nov 09 2018 7:59AM) : corrupt police more

a little boy spitting out a razor but having to get a number to wait long hours as if it wasnt a emergency

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Where I’m from, you can listen to Big Daddy retelling stories on his corner. He passes a pint of light Bacardi, pouring the dead’s tributary swig unto the street. “I’m God when I put a gun to your head. I’m the judge and you in my courtroom.”

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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 6:27PM) : What are his everyday go throughs.
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Stardazia Hailey (Mar 24 2017 6:10PM) : Every day we have to pour something for a fallen angel
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Madjiguene Sarr (Jul 25 2018 10:51AM) : He feels powerful when he puts a gun to other people's heads. more

This makes me think that having a gun makes the speaker feel powerful in a world where he is actually powerless.

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Where I’m from, it’s the late night scratch of rats’ feet that explains what my mother means when she says slowly, “Bueno, mijo, eso es la vida del pobre.” (Well, son, that is the life of the poor.)

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Huiwen Li (Jul 19 2018 10:56AM) : I see author use a short paragraph to tell things more than that. more

It’s is important to me because some time people use so many word to describe a simple thing,and use less word to describe more things is not easy.And this connected to me because when I still young my family is also poor.

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Humera Manjra (Jul 13 2017 9:49AM) : He don't have shelter to live. he live corner of the street and rats are live there too. [Edited] more

He don’t like to live there but her mom always explain him that is the life of poor people.

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Litzy Veliz Muniz (Jul 11 2018 11:27AM) : that means that your poor and u have no right more

people that are poor have no right only the people that have money and the once that have power

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Eliezer Velazquez Juarez (Jul 24 2018 10:32AM) : that maybe she does not like living there and that's why her dad told her that
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Mariely Padilla (Oct 25 2018 8:32AM) : its telling how when you hear rats on the walls or on your home that what usually happens or the condition the poor live more

showing how when you’re poor that there are many cases that these things happen and its just it is what is because they cant really do anything about it but to just deal with it

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Arancha Burgos Ordonez (Jul 11 2018 11:25AM) : it's true what her mother said more

what his mother said it’s so true because when you dont have money you need to appreciate what you have because it’s people more poor than they

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Katherine Penafiel (Jul 11 2018 11:26AM) : this part shows more sensitive words. more

this part let me know that may they was poor or something like that. and i really like this part of the poem because it’s important to know who you are and where are you from, or where you come from.

Where I’m from, it’s sweet like my grandmother reciting a quick prayer over a pot of hot rice and beans. Where I’m from, it’s pretty like my niece stopping me in the middle of the street and telling me to notice all the stars in the sky.

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Mame Diouf (Jul 11 2018 11:27AM) : i think the author is showing us that despite their country is poor, that doesn't stop them of having their life and being grateful for what they possess.
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Crismeylin Garcia (Oct 16 2018 8:50AM) : "its sweet like my grandmother..." more

HE Loved where he is from

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Ms. Emily Wilkinson (Jul 08 2018 9:36PM) : This stanza changes the whole tone of the poem and shows great complexity. I love the intimacy here into one person's life [Edited] more

I think it’s important to show the multidimensionality of where you are from. Although the majority of this poem has related the violence, poverty, and struggle of the author’s neighborhood, this last stanza shows a moment of beauty, innocence, and the intimacy that we have with family.

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Jai Bhagwan (Jul 16 2018 10:48AM) : she is praise about her niece and their country how she like them she want to go there again and again.

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Arancha Burgos Ordonez (Jul 11 2018 11:24AM) : what he eat it's so good more

maybe what he eat it’s a tradition in his country or in his family

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