Poems of home…
May 25, 2010
This year, National Poetry Day falls on Thursday 7 October, and the theme is ‘Home’. Past themes have included Heroes and Heroines (2009); Work (2008); Dreams (2007); Identity (2006); The Future (2005) and Food (2004). Lilias heralded the troops around the table yesterday for covert talks about what poems about home would work for our annual postcard series and why. Home means so many things to so many different people: where the heart is? wherever you lay your hat? ‘Where thou art, that is home.’ said Emily Dickinson. Douglas Dunn wrote ‘I live in you, you live in me’ in ‘Love Poem’. Home is ‘safe sounds’ and ‘the road that’s never dreary’. For some home is defined by not having one. So you see, in our house of poems, yesterday afternoon was a particularly pleasurable exercise in communing with our poetical ornaments, though finding favourites among so many riches is difficult.
We won’t be unveiling the choices for our cards just yet (they’ll be released in time for National Poetry Day and available for free for all, including those not in Scotland), but in the meantime, what poems about home do you like?