“Graduation Day”

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Poets Note: “Graduati0n Day,” very much a seventies poem, is based on a high school student I once had who was torn between outgrowing a difficult childhood to make himself a functional life and staying loyal to his brother, who was committed to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.

This poem was first published in the Hispanics in the United States: An Anthology of Creative Literature, edited by Gary D. Keller and Francisco Jiménez. Publisher: Bilingual Review Press, 1980

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