Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series
It is very common in the United States when meeting a new person to ask them “Where are you from originally?” In her poem “Peaches,” Adrienne Su, a Chinese American who grew up in the state of Georgia, sheds light on the complexity of answering that question when you are both “stranger and native.” This poem reflects upon the complex identities many Americans grapple with—a critical factor to consider as our nation continues to evolve into a twenty-first-century American community characterized by wide diversity.
Su, Adrienne. "Peaches." American Academy of Poets (Published in Poem-a-Day on October 23, 2015). https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/peaches