| Quote #1
Between my finger and my thumb
Right away we get an idea of who, or at least what, the speaker is (a writer). So that's something, right?
| Quote #2
My father, digging. I look down (5)
And right away, we know what occupies his mind. The speaker's identity is totally shaped by how he sees his father.
| Quote #3
Bends low, comes up twenty years away (7)
Now we can see further into the past, to where the speaker's identity began to take shape as a young boy, helping out his old man in the potato fields.