poetry mapping

July 22, 2019

We’ve posted before on the subject of poetry maps. A new project, Places of Poetry, “aims to use creative writing to prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating the diversity, heritage and personalities of place.”

The Places of Poetry map has a distinctive 17th-century look, until you operate the slider at the bottom of the page, which turns it into a zoomable, contemporary Ordnance Survey map.

The site is open for writers to pin their poems (in English and/or Welsh) to places until October 4, 2019. It will then be closed for new poems but will remain available for readers.

There’s already plenty to keep you busy on the map. (It doesn’t look like so much until you start zooming and more and more places pop up.) Enjoy!

a new poetry map

April 16, 2019

When she was Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna spearheaded a poetry mapping project called the Seattle Poetry Grid. Now that she is Washington State Poet Laureate, Castro Luna has expanded the project to highlight site-specific poems for the entire state.

Washington Poetic Routes is a digital poetry-mapping project that explores Washington’s rich geographical terrain, both in terms of landscape and in terms of the human relationships that unfold across the State.

Visit the map, click the dots to read the poems, and submit your own!

Click here for more poetry map posts.

poetry map app

October 12, 2016

Poetic Places

Here’s another poetry map app (for iOS and Android). This one was launched in London, England, but hopes to expand worldwide and invites your suggestions. Poetic Places ties together geography, poetry, history, images and sound. If you leave it running in the background, Poetic Places will alert you when you’re nearing a significant site; if you’d rather plan your poetry route, you can search by location.

A collaboration between the British Library and Sarah Cole of TIME/IMAGE, Poetic Places has an informative website as well as a Facebook page and a Twitter feed @poetic_places. The developers are quite transparent about their process, so if you’re considering a similar undertaking, check out Points of Interest.

Possibility by Julia Copus, Blackburn, Lancashire, UKWe like writing about poetry walks — places where poetry has emerged from the page or screen to inhabit the landscape and invite a different kind of interaction.

Here’s another. “Possibility,” a poem by Julia Copus, has been incorporated into the town center of Blackburn, in Lancashire, UK. Artist Stephen Broadbent spirals the words around plane trees in Fleming Square, in some places keeping them flush with the ground, in others raising them to bench height in a bronze ribbon. The project was completed in 2003 and remains a popular attraction in this large Lancashire town.

More here and here.
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“Possibility” photo by Jo Bell

for your poetry map…

December 26, 2011

Wales Millennium Centre

The Wales Millennium Centre, in Cardiff Bay, Wales, presents a variety of theater, dance and music performances, exhibits and educational programs.

The steel plates on the face of the building carry an inscription written by poet Gwyneth Lewis:
Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr O Ffwrnais Awen / In These Stones Horizons Sing.

Constructed from the inside out to give priority to the acoustical needs of the performance spaces, the structure was designed by Capita Percy Thomas architects and opened in 2004. During the day, light shines through the words to illuminate the interior spaces.

Wales Millennium Centre - foyer bar

Learn more about the Wales Millennium Centre and about poet Gwyneth Lewis.

putting poetry on the map

December 20, 2018

Poetry is in the landscape. Go see some.

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image: A Sky View of Earth From Suomi NPP

mapping poetry

June 29, 2017

In a continuing commitment to put poetry on the map, Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna has created the Seattle Poetry Grid. The clickable map “traces the city in the voices of its citizens, from folks new to expressing themselves in poems to well established and beloved writers.” Currently displaying the work of more than 60 poets, the map will continue to grow as Seattle poets submit their work to Castro Luna.

More poetry maps: Denver; Dublin; Melbourne; Nanaimo; Scotland; Toronto; the world.

putting poetry on the map…

November 29, 2011

A Sense of Place on Google Earth

A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology makes use of Google Earth technology to combine poetry, images and mapping. Edited by Katharine Whitcomb, Robert Hickey and Marco Thompson, all of Central Washington University, the project anchors Washington State place-specific poems to their geographic location. When a viewer clicks on a blue icon on the Google Earth map, a new window opens with the full text of a poem, a photograph of the location and a brief bio of the poet.

Google Earth software is required for viewing, but you can learn more about the project at The Center for Geospatial Poetry.

P.S. This just in: a presentation and reading from A Sense of Place will be included in the Cascadia Poetry Festival on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Mark your calendar!

Photo Poetry

June 16, 2021

If you’re interested in the intersection of photography and poetry, you may want to tune in tomorrow, Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 11:00am Pacific (19:00 BST), for the opening event of SURFACES.

A part of the Bristol Photo Festival 2021 (Bristol, England), SURFACES is a set of photo-visual-poetics activities organized by David Solo, Astra Papachristodoulou, and Paul Hawkins. It includes an online exhibition exploring a range of photo-poetic and visual poetry works accompanied by a printed catalog by Hesterglock Press. The free opening-night program features artists talking about and performing their work along with a discussion mapping out the spectrum of photo and poetry combinations, talking about the nature of such collaborations, how such material may be “read” and looking at ways to assess or evaluate such work.

Find out more about SURFACES and book your free ticket on eventbrite.

on poetry

March 8, 2021

“Charon: I will be a scandal in your boat.”
Juana de Ibarbourou
(March 8, 1892 – July 15, 1979)

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quote from “Rebelde,” Las lenguas de diamante, 1918

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