Reading Prompts

The following contemporary poems, published recently in Canadian Literature, reflect upon events, topics, and issues related to this chapter.

If one of the poems appeals to you, and you would like to read it more closely or write a paper about it, here are some suggestions:

  • Have a look at the Close Reading Poetry chapter.
  • Return to the poem and work through it line by line in the ways modelled by the sample readings.
  • Ask yourself why the poem was selected for this unit—the answer will help you focus your close reading.

anon by Adebe D.A.

Why does the speaker think that identity is an empty fix?

Where are you from? by Angela Long

Where are you from? What do people expect when they ask this question and does the poem answer it?

Works Cited

  • D. A., Adebe. anon. Canadian Literature 196 (2008): 95. Print. (HTML)
  • Long, Angela. Where Are You From? Canadian Liteature 199 (2008): 216. Print.