Poetry as anthropology

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?

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