Meena Alexander conveys her broken identity through a complex description of her constant pursuit of answers and perpetual dissatisfaction of herself.
Through her own eyes, Alexander cannot see herself with happiness. She begins her essay with a brief description of her present life, surrounded by the "delicate teas, "sharply flavored asparagus, and "heapings of scallions and mint. But all these splendors merely "glinted back oddly in my face. As she sees herself, her two eyes are crooked and her face disfigured because she cannot find her own image corresponding to this lifestyle. She has lived in too many countries and has absorbed too many cultures to make one her own. As a result of this lack of identity, Alexander cannot acknowledge herself as a specific human being that is set apart from others. " Multiple being