Frank O’Hara, “The State of Washington”:

“Still across the floor/ of the continent dead souls are blown, souls/ of Indians in dire nomadic hootings: they fell/ to earth and did not grow and could not rest/ in the cactus heimat.”


Heimat is a specifically German concept to which people are bound by their birth, their childhood, their language and their earliest experiences. Heimat found strength in an increasingly alienating world as Germany’s population made a massive exodus from rural areas into more urbanised communities around the country’s major cities. Heimat was a reaction to the onset of modernity, loss of individuality and intimate community.

Also, heimatfilm.

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