"I'm, like, really stressed out, though, and whenever I do go to sleep I have all these stress dreams, and I wake up really early 'cause I have this damn internal alarm clock, and it's like I go to sleep and wake up and it's 6 o'clock," she says, eating gelato yesterday at Capogiro in University City as rain falls outside.
Despite her obligations, her conversation is punctuated by constant laughter, revealing her braces and a great sense of humor.
Siduri has lived in various parts of the country, traveling for her parents' careers, and her family has spent two brief stints in Germany. She says she spends a lot of time with her dad and shares her mother's work ethic, which she describes as "work until you drop and you're bleeding and you keep going anyway and you're, like, crawling through the mud."
As the youth poet laureate, Siduri says she enjoys working with mentor Sonia Sanchez and promoting poetry, but she admits she has had to learn to say no when events are too far away or conflicting. "I feel really awkward when I have to say no," she says.
During her downtime, Siduri loves to read books and watch movies. On this rainy day, she stops by The Last Word Bookshop on 40th Street to buy a book for her trip next weekend to join the Outward Bound Youth Leadership Corps at the Delaware Water Gap. Her selection, Richard the Lionheart by historian John Gillingham, is not exactly light reading, but Siduri says she'll probably finish it in three days.
- Solomon Leach
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