Katherine Min – Secondhand World

It’s a secondhand world we’re born into.  What is novel to us is only so because we’re newborn, and what we cannot see, that has come before – what our parents have seen and been and done – are the hand-me-downs we begin to wear as swaddling clothes, even as we ourselves are naked.  The flaw runs through us, implicating us in its imperfection even as it separates us, delivers us onto opposite sides of a chasm.  It is both terribly beautiful and terribly sad, but it is, finally, the fault in the universe that gives birth to us all.