In my 17-year-old mind, nothing I am living through or reading in this moment connects. Disjointed words, phrases, and images of the places I have left and entered surface in my mind as I pour milk for the children, take notes in class, or wait, endlessly, for the bus to arrive. It will take years to understand how powerful these textual and lived journeys have been.
Najwa Ali is a Toronto-based writer. Her fiction, essays and reviews have been published in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.
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