Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

But Where Are You Really from?

Daniela Elza

Winter 2020 - But Where Are You Really from?

 

 

 

I could be as much Nigerian as I am Bulgarian, but no one ever asks. I don’t “look” Nigerian. You have an accent, someone diagnoses. That comment automatically places me in the you-are-not-from-here category, and betrays the speaker is not aware they too have an accent. For a year in England, and for six years in Athens, Ohio, I was bombarded with the question: Where are you from?


 

Bio:

Daniela Elza lived on three continents before immigrating to Canada in 1999. Her poetry collections are the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011), milk tooth bane bone (2013), and the broken boat (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2020). The chapbook slow erosions (a collaboration with Arlene Ang) has just been released by Collusion Books.