Poetics: Those Pesky Questions of Identity
It is with great pleasure that I am playing host once more over at dVerse Poets Pub. This time I am asking all our friends, poets and pub-goers to ask themselves some tough questions about identity and belonging. Based on the work of the poet Bhanu Kapil, I gave them a choice of four questions. My effort below is in response to the question:
What lingers when all is said and done?
So… where do you come from?
And where is home?
That long gap before I can answer if I can answer.
Who helped make you? What? You are? What else am I…
too much to share
for fear of overwhelming.
When you get there, will you know?
Will you know what you are trying?
When will you know to prove
to myself and others oh mother mother
If not now, how will you know?
Who lingers when all is said and done,
who lingers when all done is said?