The body that barfs

To say I live in an unruly body presupposes that the body and the mind are separate things: I inhabit this place, rather than I am this place. This separation is something I’m working to dismantle for and in myself, though that separation served me very, very well for as long as my body allowed.

So why dismantle it? Because it is the challenge I repeatedly haven’t faced. Because I have proven almost everything else to myself, and now it’s time to do the really hard work. …

Jennine Capó Crucet

Author of MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS and HOW TO LEAVE HIALEAH. Forthcoming essay collection, NEVER IMAGINED ME HERE. First-gen college kid, Latinx, #305.

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