This essay was written several years ago at UMass Boston as part of my Senior Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Literature. Since then, my continued interest in the postnational as a political and social construct has led me to continue examining poetry as a means of accessing ideas of universal community based not on the limited identities of nationality but on chosen affiliations across boundaries of space and time. This was a starting point for a consideration of what arises from post-colonialism from a poetic perspective.



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