My father spokeMany languagesBut always expressed doubtsAbout borrowed words and geographies.He fell in love with the syllables of silenceThe radiant alchemy of the elements.He was always from somewhere elseForced to learn foreign languagesExpelled from towns and countries.And yet he always had faith in his originsAs a nomadic and barefoot child.That is why he was named MosesSaved from all the furiesPrince of the just and the lonely. [End Page 89]
Marjorie Agosín grew up in Santiago Chile hearing the stories of her family who escaped the Holocaust as well as the pogroms. Agosín has documented her family's lives in two memoirs A Cross and a Star and Always from Somewhere Else. She is the author of Among the Angels of Memory, a collection of poetry dedicated to her great grandmother. The author of nearly twenty books as well as the recipient of important literary and Human Rights awards, Agosín is a professor of Spanish at Wellelsey College where she teaches courses on the literature of Latin American Jewish women and on human rights.