Sunday, April 08, 2007
"In My Language I Am Smart"
Here's quite a listening experience: Dragan Todorovic's poem "In My Language I Am Smart". It's got to be the most powerful expression in poetry I've come across of the linguistic alienation involved in immigrating to a foreign land of a foreign tongue. I teach immigrants English for a good part of my living, so it's quite emblematic of an experience I deal with a lot. I'm sure the memory of this poem will stay with me for good.
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I tell my husband this repeatedly. If I could speak French beyond the skill of a three year old, people would know I am smart. But I just continue to sound ridiculous and isolation becomes more and more a coat I wear.
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