Poems for Company – April 22nd, 2024

“Where Is My Home?”: Do you carry in your mind images of a former landscape you lived in, an extended area you called home?  The first poem is spoken in the voice of Robinson Crusoe as a old man back in England, wondering if this island of his origin, the place where his life will come to a close, is truly his home.  Or was he more at home when cast away on his other unnamed, totally remote island?  Elizabeth Bishop, “Crusoe in England,” from The Complete Poems 1927-1979 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1979, 1983).  Our second poem depicts Irish expatriates in Australia, expats from Belfast, to be specific.  Ciaran Carson, “The Exiles’ Club,” from Collected Poems (Wake Forest University Press, 2009) {https://wfupress.wfu.edu/books/collected-poems-ciaran-carson/}.  Our theme music is Philip Aaberg’s “Going-to-the-Sun,” from his CD Live from Montana (available at Sweetgrassmusic.com) and used with kind permission of Philip Aaberg.  If you have any questions, corrections, suggestions, contact me, Brian Dillon, at feedback@kmun.org.