|Diana Anhalt at about age 14 (the dark-haired girl in the back) on an outing to Xochimilco with her family while living in Mexico|
My computer is up and running. The deadline for this month will be extended until the 20th, since the challenge wasn't posted on the first.
Migration and immigration are in the news a lot these days. Boats over-filled with migrants tipping into the Mediterranean Sea. A "caravan" of migrants from Honduras walking through Mexico toward the Rio Grande. Sanctuary Cities. Etcetera, etcetera. What I don't hear as much about on the news here in the Midwestern US is the number of North Americans who are ex-pats, living abroad. If you chat with the people sitting in El Jardin in front of the parish church in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico, you may be surprised at how many of them are retirees from Canada and the US. In London, Paris, Barcelona, Florence and many other towns and cities around the globe, you can find people who have moved there from North America.
Why do people move from the country of their birth? Some people just find another culture or climate more congenial, but many are driven by violence or poverty to find a new place to live. Some are exiles; others are refugees fleeing persecution.
Diana Anhalt's family left their home in New York City when she was a child, and moved to Mexico for reasons that were mysterious to her. Her prose book,
~ Diana Anhalt
Because There Is No Return is available at https://squareup.com/store/passager/item/memorias-a-translation-by-diana-anhalt.
Border Crossing by Amy Schmitz (available at https://nfsps.com/publications.html, is another excellent poetry with many poems about living in a different culture. The author served in the Peace Corp in Africa. This book won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for 2018.
Send one poem only to wildamorris[at]ameritech[dot]net (substitute the @ sign for “at” and a . for “dot”). Put “November Poetry Challenge Submission” in the subject line of your email. Include a brief bio that can be printed with your poem if you are a winner this month. Please put your name and bio UNDER the poem in your email.