Kathleen Griffin

Rookie (October 5,1948 / New York, New York)

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Of Irish-American ancestry, as three grandparents came from Limerick City in County Limerick, and one from Cappasail, near Ballinasloe, County Galway. Educated in parochial and public schools in Manhattan and the Bronx; B.A. English and minor history, Pace University 1983; M.A. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 1984; doctoral coursework completed at Boston University 1986, but degree not... more »

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Forever alien in this pleasant land,
the hyphenated ones, with double home
long after generations should demand
a single eye should cease to roam
toward heritages ancestors denied
in bitterness of long privation.
Yet the blood, angry, homesick, cried
for homeland other than this nation.

Native here by accident of birth,
and never native there by any ties,
at last a spirit wandering the earth –
the alien earth, traveling strange skies,
still I go there, knowing I will find
only another shadow in my mind.

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