Imagining the City

"Place for me is the locus of desire" – Lucy Lippard

From the Frontier of Writing by Seamus Heaney

The tightness and the nilness round that space when the car stops in the road, the troops inspect its make and number and, as one bends his face towards your … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Digital terrain: Flight Paths by Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph

  In Writing Home: Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland, 1968-2008, Elmer Kennedy-Andrews notes that: “Place is increasingly viewed as the product of global, interconnecting flows of peoples, cultures, and … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cinematic geographies: Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together

I’m a big fan of Wong Kar Wai and the lustrous, sensuous and absolutely lyrical quality of his films. Place and yearning seem to be two concepts that are inextricably linked, … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The City by Constantine P. Cavafy

You said: “I’ll go to another country, go to another shore, find another city better than this one. Whatever I try to do is fated to turn out wrong and … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

To Go to Lvov by Adam Zagajewski

To go to Lvov. Which station for Lvov, if not in a dream, at dawn, when dew gleams on a suitcase, when express trains and bullet trains are being born. … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Star by Adam Zagajewski

I returned to you years later, gray and lovely city, unchanging city buried in the waters of the past. I’m no longer the student of philosophy, poetry, and curiosity. I’m … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bypassing Rue Descartes by Czeslaw Milosz

I descended toward the Seine, shy, a traveler, A young barbarian just come to the capital of the world. We were many, from Jassy and koloshvar, Wilno and Bucharest, Saigon … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment