A peaceful moment in a deserted land, a river ride away from a dark city, a month’s sojourn far from home. Places we have been can evoke rich memories–of a loved one, a period of pain or learning, a whole lifetime. In the poems below, the writers evoke the connection between place and heart.
Wanderer in a Foreign Country
I wandered in that distant country for forty days.
Anne Marie Rooney
There is a boat moving blackly through the night.
Hồ Xuân Hương
Look, and love everyone.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Ninth Dream: War (in the City in Which I Live)
I am tired of chasing others off the land.
Events on West Stream: For Lu She
You’ve lived amid dust and noise too long.
It’s a Young Country
Wish you were here in this hotel.