Feeling at home in the world: prairie homes in poetry

Joan Horner


The article reviews the notion of home in prairie poetry of the last twenty years and compares it to the idea of home in earlier Canadian writing. The paper suggests notions of home have changed, especially in a more mobile, urban world, becoming more cosmopolitan in some cases. Striking exceptions come from writers who have chosen to live closer to the land and off the grid, where feelings of home may be related to a sense of feeling centred and connected rather than feelings of escape and protection.


prairie;English-Canadian;nature; urban

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