Place and Poetry

Before place, I loved poetry.

But, this is not about poetry (least of all mine). Great poetry, like great places, is rooted in how they touch, shape and reflect the human experience. However, the language and lens of planning is often utterly unpoetic. We are trained to think, as Michael de Certeau writes, in the frame of “geometric space.” But geometric space exists solely in the realm of plans: we do not experience space as geometric: it is dynamic, interlaced with memories, experiences, desires. Emotions. Part of what speaks to me about the scholars who study Public Life is that they embrace the ephemeral, the dynamism, the poetry of people and the places they live.

Poet : Planner charts my quest to understand the poetry of places, and to find my poet-to-planner ratio.

Thoughts? Ideas? Observations?

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