Prompt for August 28 – Virtual Barat House

The city is different, because yesterday it was just a city, and today it is alive.

N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became

Awareness of belonging to a place, of a person’s inner life being one with the inner life of a place, or a place possessing a soul and a face as distinct as a person’s. Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

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A note on the prompt

In N.K. Jemisin’s vision for The City We Became, New York City is a singular organism with the boroughs personified by actual, distinct humans with characteristics unique to their respective places. Without giving too much away, the Manhattan is smooth and attractive in appearance, but in constant and tensely controlled psychological chaos. Brooklyn is a striking sort of queen, while Queens is not, but is remarkable in other unexpected ways reflecting New York City’s multi-faceted whole. The Bronx “don’t trust nobody but the Bronx.” And Staten Island is almost too isolated from the rest to feel a sense of belonging.

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