I don’t have one hometown but at least three or even four, depending on how you define hometown. The past ten years are the first in which I’ve lived in one town for more than seven years. But I think of hometown as where my roots are, my childhood memories and origins. Still, even then the towns I or my family are from are often too small to have well-recognized or easily identifiable poets, so I’ve chosen the larger town or state or community as “hometown.”
For our Sigma Tau Delta “Hometown” Poetry event tonight at ULM, selections from my “hometown” poets.
Washington State, my birthplace
From Puerto Rico’s greatest poet, Julia de Burgos:
From Albuquerque, the closest I have to a personal hometown: