Poetry as Anthropology
What role does poetry hold for those left behind?
The minorities, the marginalized, the lost peoples
see their cultures and identities annually crushed
in the maw of the West and their spirits
detained in the cells of modern ills.
Do the lines demand a return to ancestral roots,
celebrating traditions and legends
as much as they mourn mental dispossession?
Is poetry the rearguard of vanishing communes?
Or is it too tender for the wider world to consume?