Prompts

Any poems of home are encouraged, but here are some ideas to get you started:

  • As we continue to shelter-in-place, what spaces in your home are most important to you? How has your living space changed for this time? Are you working out of a bedroom or kitchen, or sleeping in your living room?
  • How have technologies like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom transformed your home? Who is visiting virtually and what are they allowed to see? In what ways have the spaces of your home become connected to those of others?
  • What spaces or objects in your home hold special memories for you? How might they transport you to other places or other imaginings?

Examples

May Sarton provides one example of a poem about home below, and the Academy of American Poets has also compiled a list of Poems about the Home.

A Light Left On
May Sarton

In the evening we came back
Into our yellow room,
For a moment taken aback
To find the light left on,
Falling on silent flowers,
Table, book, empty chair
While we had gone elsewhere,
Had been away for hours.

When we came home together
We found the inside weather.
All of our love unended
The quiet light demanded,
And we gave, in a look
At yellow walls and open book.
The deepest world we share
And do not talk about
But have to have, was there,
And by that light found out.

Submissions

Any poems, observations, mini-essays of home are encouraged. A simple image, a counter, window, shoe rack, emblematic of the writing would greatly enhance this effort at documenting our selves and our home spaces during this time. Please submit your writing, as well as your name, location, and if possible, some media of the space (picture, video, or audio) to Claudia Castro Luna at poeticshelters@gmail.com.