Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Thirty-Two

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Thirty-Two

Article excerpt

I didn't want to go to school anymore

because, each time I spoke,

the first grade teacher, Rita,

asked me to repeat myself

and said

Did you notice the sing-song in his voice?

That's not how we should talk

and everyone laughed at me

since she kept asking me to repeat myself

I repeated myself, and they'd laugh again.

Other times she would say

in his house they don't wash his school tunic

they don't tell him to take care of it

and keep it clean.

I didn't dare tell her

it was Caio's tunic

and that he'd lend it to me

because I didn't have one to wear to school.

I couldn't go on school trips

because I never had the right clothes.

One time we were going to go to Bella Unión

for a soccer championship.

I was a good player

and my friends wanted me to go

but because I didn't have sneakers

I bandaged my arm and said that I had gotten hurt

and that's why I couldn't go on the trip. …

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