No. 54, Geopoetry (November 2012)

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Table of contents

I. SOUTH LONDON

01.          Perec, Species of Spaces (1974)

02.          Lefebvre, The Production of Space (1974)

03.          Debord, The Society of the Spectacle (1967)

04.          Cage, 4’33” (1952)

II. EAST LONDON

05.          Engels, Condition of the Working Class in England (1845)

06.          Simmel, The Metropolis and Mental Life (1903)

07.          Augé, Non-Places (1995)

08.          Foucault, Of Other Spaces (1967)

III. THE CITY

09.          Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life (1980)

10.          Sartre, Critique of Dialectical Reason (1960)

11.          Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation (1981)

12.          Poe, The Man of the Crowd (1845)

IV. THE WEST END

13.          Barthes, Semiology and Urbanism (1967)

14.          Lautréamont, The Songs of Maldoror (1870)

15.          Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (1910)

16.          Breton, Lost Steps (1924)

Space is to place what language is to the spoken word: the abstract legislator of its concrete articulations. The act of geopoetry – the reading of a text in a public place – transgressses the designed function and intended use of that space, opening it to other readings. The point of these readings is not to use the selected sites as background, illustration, context or stages to the texts, but to use the texts to articulate these places, our passage between them, and the journey they compose. This journey, on foot, bike, bus, boat, tube and taxi, from one place to the other, is as much a component of a geopoetry reading as the texts themselves. The footsteps of the geopoetry walker are like syllables in the words of a poem, articulating, like the click of the tongue in the mouth of the speaker, the form of the city they cover. The poetry of the reading, therefore, is not in the text but in the act of reading itself. We want to do to space what poetry does to words.

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