By Deb A.
The question of 'home' tends to be directed toward poets, not poems. The short preface of the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry makes sure to note that the history of verse in England must include Americans such as Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot (the latter a naturalised British citizen). The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature recently enlisted some of New York City's yellow taxi drivers to write poetry firmly rooted in their iconic status (you can listen to the results here). Leonard Cohen is unthinkable without Montreal. Derek Walcott is practically synonymous with the Caribbean.
Being at home, being in exile, finding a spiritual home, reconnecting with one's actual home, bearing witness. A poet moves from here to there; her work evolves accordingly. Doctorates are written.
But where do poems live?
Today the poesiefestival asked, 'Where is poetry?' The answer the colloquium was searching for won't be found in a greeting card; neither 'the smile of a child' nor 'a sunset on the beach' could fit the bill. Rather, the question was a practical one: where and how can a database of poetry be created that provides the user with "more effective ways of finding poetry"? In short: where can all poetry − and lovers of poetry − find a home?
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