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1st Edition

Geopoetics in Practice

ISBN 9780429032202
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
394 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This breakthrough book examines dynamic intersections of poetics and geography. Gathering the essays of an international cohort whose work converges at the crossroads of poetics and the material world, Geopoetics in Practice offers insights into poetry, place, ecology, and writing the world through a critical-creative geographic lens.

This collection approaches geopoetics as a practice by bringing together contemporary geographers, poets, and artists who contribute their research, methodologies, and creative writing. The 24 chapters, divided into the sections “Documenting,” “Reading,” and “Intervening,” poetically engage discourses about space, power, difference, and landscape, as well as about human, non-human, and more-than-human relationships with Earth. Key explorations of this edited volume include how poets engage with geographical phenomena through poetry and how geographers use creativity to explore space, place, and environment.

This book makes a major contribution to the geohumanities and creative geographies by presenting geopoetics as a practice that compels its agents to take action. It will appeal to academics and students in the fields of creative writing, literature, geography, and the environmental and spatial humanities, as well as to readers from outside of the academy interested in where poetry and place overlap.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Harriet Hawkins

Introduction: Geopoetics as Route-Finding
Eric Magrane, Linda Russo, Sarah de Leeuw, Craig Santos Perez

Part 1: Documenting
1. Bodies Belong to the World: On Place, Visuality, and Vulnerability

Kerry Banazek

2. A Cosmology of Nibi: Picto-Poetics and Palimpsest in Anishinaabeg Watery Geographies

Kimberly Blaeser

3. Terma: A Dialogue

Sameer Farooq and Jared Stanley

4. All Visuals Have Sound: The Verbalization of Geography and the Sound of Landscape

Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim

5. Karankawa Carancahua Carancagua Karankaway: Centering Indigenous Presence in Southeast Texas

John Pluecker

6. Geopoetics of Intime and ( SUND ): Performing Geochronology in the North Atlantic

Angela Rawlings

7. Seismic, or Topogorgical, Poetry

John Charles Ryan

8. rout/e

Chris Turnbull

Part 2: Reading
9. Lyric Geography

Maleea Acker

10. Ekphrastic Poetry as Method

Candice P. Boyd

11. The Topopoetics of Dwelling as Preservation in Lorine Niedecker’s Paean to Place

Tim Cresswell

12. Poking Holes in the Colonial Canoe: Creative Writing as Intervention in a 19th-Century Travel Writing Narrative

Sophie Anne Edwards

13. Thukela Poswayo’s Poetry of Dwelling

Emily McGiffin

14. Islote Poetics: Notes from Minor Outlying Islands

Urayoán Noel

15. The Unbending of the Faculties: Learning from Frederick Law Olmsted

Jonathan Skinner

16. Borne-away: Tracing a Gendered Dispossession by Accumulation

Diane Ward

Part 3: Intervening

17. The Limits and Promise of Urbopoetics: washpark, Collaboration, and Pedestrian Practice

Patrick Clifford and Tyrone Williams

18. Geopoetics as Collaborative Encounter: Performing Poetic Political Ecologies of the Colorado River

Elissa Dickson and Nathan Clay

19. Negro-Mountain-Wolves/Notes on Region

C.S. Giscombe

20. Hurricane Poetics and Crip Psychogeographies

Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers

21. Geopoetics, via Germany
Angela Last

22. Indigenous Pacific Islander Geopoetics
Craig Santos Perez

23. Agitating a Copper Lyre; Or, Geolyricism for the Age of Digital Reproduction

Jennifer Scappettone

24. The Poetic Lexicon of Waste: From Asarotos Oikos (A) to Flowers (F)

Lucie Taïeb

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Eric Magrane is an assistant professor of geography at New Mexico State University. His work takes multiple forms, from scholarly to literary to artistic. He is co-editor of the hybrid field guide/anthology The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide.

Linda Russo, a clinical associate professor at Washington State University, teaches creative writing and literature and directs EcoArts on the Palouse. Her published works include Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way and Participant, both poetry, and the co-edited Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene.

Sarah de Leeuw, a professor with the Northern Medical Program of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, is a poet, critical geographer, and anti-colonial feminist researcher whose multidisciplinary work focuses on marginalized peoples and places. She is the author of multiple journal papers, entries, chapters, and books (both creative and academic), and a Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities.

Craig Santos Perez is an Indigenous Chamorro poet and scholar from the Pacific Island of Guam. He is the author of four collections of poetry and the co-editor of three anthologies. He is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa.