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The poetry of place

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Welcome to the poetry of place, edition #8 in the language/place blog carnivale! Below you will find links to all the contributors, please take your time and come back often, you will find it a rewarding and poetic journey through places shared by talented writers. Enjoy!

Vivian Faith Prescott’s poem “Know My Skin” reflects the worldview that everything about the island and its inhabitants are a part of her. Enjoy this grand view at Planet Alaska.

Nicolette Wong, on her inspiration: “Six years ago I read a Paul Celan poem about stone-written shadows. From there I carried those shadows with me but did not find the stones–I was only vaguely aware of my search–until I visited New York early this year. In a house in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where icicles melted; down the street to the train station laced with snow; to downtown traffic, apple cider & music at Union Square. A statue came to me two nights before I left; it opened up that darkness.” Meditations In An Emergency

Linda Simoni-Wastila wote “It’s So Hot” after it hit 100 degrees in downtown Baltimore, and edginess palpated the air. The poem is a collection of images and smells and thoughts walking the blocks to her office. Sweat through the poetry at leftbrainwrite.

Brigita Orel takes us to her hometown & new town, asking “Do we really grasp the true beauty of a place only after we left it, or does our homesickness and longing make it look better?” at the write thing.

Catherine McGuire tells us of that strange juxtaposition that happens when you first “meet” a town, and then later when it becomes familiar with “Overlay” at her Home Sweet…

Sandra Davies gives us prints that were produced in response to an invitation to explore the effect of time and change upon the area between Middlesbrough and the mouth of the Tees estuary. Visit lines of communication, to see these “Layers of change”

Jillena Rose takes us poetically and vividly through the dog days of summer in Northern Michigan, with a local writing project Writing the St. Marys.

Laurie Kolp tells us that a picture of a beautiful carousel inspired her to write this poem about children falling victim to evil adults. Take this disturbing ride with “A Succubus on the Carousel” at  Conversations with Laurie.

Darryl Price takes us to a “panoramic lawn which might as well/be a jutting out to sea greenbean/cliff only big enough for the two/of us” as only he can with “I’m afraid you may have made some” over at The Camel Saloon.

Michael J. Solender finds the entire concept of sense of place so defining and visceral. In “Lost in the City” he turned it around and assigned the emotion and knowledge to the place itself and how the geography thought of the people who visited there.
See not from here, are you?

Stella Pierides provides haiku from and about the lake Ammersee in the pre-Alpine Bavaria. She walks there often, taking photographs. This theme, together with a NaHaiWriMo prompt, led her to put into words what she captured in photographs.  Haiku from Lake Ammersee

Julia Davies thinks her poem “Burren” is one of the best ones she’s ever done & she sits back and reads it as if someone else wrote it because she is not really sure where it all came from! Well, practice makes perfect.

Marcus Speh writes of being “stuck inside the palace of my own vast imag­i­na­tion.” It currently resides at 100 Days And Nights through August 28

Jen Knox, in “Broad Strokes / The Poetry of Place” meditates on the three states she has lived in, and how each state has taken shape in her mind. It baffles her how only a few, specific images create such broad definitions or memories. Each state reflects an emotional plain. Read what they are at Literary Exhibitionism.

From Sherry O’Keefe: “Poetry of place, for me, speaks of layers of life from the past extended into the future. How much detail must be unearthed in order to tune in? Unearth too much and we have fiction on our hands and too much mystery explained. I prefer the mystery revealed but left for each of us to examine as we will. Much like a rock transferred from one man’s yard to a poet’s hand.” It is all here, in plain view

Jean Morris shows and writes on heavy fragments of carved stone lying in a churchyard, that make their own sense and pattern – not random, but eloquent, poetic. See “Fragments” at tasting rhubarb.


Dorothee Lang is revisiting a poetic place that she feels drawn to, a place where elements meet: stone, water, sky. Join her for a wondering / wandering walk along the bay in
virtual notes.


Rose Hunter offers us a poem that “took place” along the Michoacán coast. You can go along on the journey at her
Fotos del Dia.

Steve Wing defines in his poem “The Poetry of Place” what the accompaning photos beautifully evoke. He found ephemeral poetic places on the sun shimmered Atlantic coastline of Florida. Bask in it on his fireflydomain’s posterous.

Karyn Eisler offers us “Nightswim” a video she shot during a heatwave at a spa resort about 90 minutes east of Vancouver, British Columbia. As a child, this place was her family’s holiday destination. They would drive 13 hours through the Canadian Rockies from Calgary, Alberta to get there. As an adult, she still visits often– she says “this place is my temple”. Remembering August.

Kristina Johnson travels to Nanzen-Ji Temple in Kyoto in words and pictures, then has dinner at a small family run udon noodle and tempura house called Asuka. Visit and dine along with her at wired2theworld.

Parmanu tells reminiscences of a summer spent in various spots near where he lives in Germany, starting with his balcony and ending with a plane ride on a Cesna. There’s poetry in each of these places, and also in the longing for a summer that is fast approaching its end. Enjoy the lingering memories during The last days of summer.

Lou Freshwater makes Walton Road, which seems like an ordinary place, come alive with poetic memory and dignity. She calls it “a poem which I think speaks of ‘me’” I think you will agree once you read it on Baby’s Black Balloon.

Teach taught some things I should know and also a lot I didn’t need to know. Find out what in my own contribution a day uptown/a night on the bowery.


The > Language > Place blog carnival home page has links to all issues, and has a full overview of the concept and information on how to join. Brigita Orel will be hosting the next edition, if this one has sparked your interest, please consider contibuting to edition #9 – individuation/assimilation.
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15 responses

  1. oooh just got a tingle seeing my picture up there! thank you!

    July 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

  2. redmitten

    i’m intrigued! so many places to explore, so many moments of poetry to experience. i like this slide show!

    July 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

  3. Loving the slideshow too! can’t wait to see the edition ;)

    July 21, 2011 at 7:02 am

  4. This is a beautiful presentation, Walter. Thank you! I look forward to reading.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

  5. Beautiful!

    July 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

  6. What riches! I look forward to over-indulging over the next few days. Thank you.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  7. thank you, walter, i tweeted, i facebook and i shouted the hell out of this edition, which is beautifully presented. far from being a qwik-bake. cheers from berlin and thanks for having me over!

    July 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

  8. ps. i repeat my invitation to carnival members to join us at kaffe in katmandu. send yr email to the maitre d’ and mention that you were in the carnival & we’ll happily welcome you there. members post at will, dangerously so.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  9. Walter, thanks so much for “baking” this edition in such a special way. it’s a journey in itself, with the slideshow as appetizer for all the places to come.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

  10. Walter~ You have done such a wonderful job presenting issue #8 and making the pieces so inviting. I am honored to be a part of this. I am looking forward to some great reading.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

  11. Sumptuous! Diving in momentarily, and not coming up for air until I’m sated.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

  12. martininwhangarei

    A real delight, its great how you and other carnival organisers spend so much effort to bring the carnival to us. I thoroughly enjoyed this edition. Pretty impressed by the slideshow as well!

    July 28, 2011 at 5:45 am

  13. Another great journey through wildly diverse and amazing places.

    August 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

  14. Lou

    This came out so fantastic. Great work, and great presentation. I’m honored to be included.

    Wonderfully done, Walter!

    August 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

  15. I just now finally found some time to sit down and browse the whole carnival. It’s full of beautiful work, beautifully put together. I’m so delighted to be part of this. Thank you!

    August 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

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