Between Two Branches

Dinaw Mengestu
Dinaw Mengestu in Washington, DC in 2012 (Source: Getty Images)

“What was it my father used to say? A bird stuck between two branches gets bitten on both wings. I would like to add my own saying to the list now, Father: a man stuck between two worlds lives and dies alone. I have dangled and been suspended long enough.”

Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, 2007