We are current accepting submissions for issue 4 on the theme of CARE.

issue 4: care

“Care is a species activity that includes everything we do to maintain, continue and repair our ‘world’ so that we can live in it as well as possible. That world includes our bodies, our selves, and our environment, all of which we seek to interweave in a complex, life-sustaining web.”1

(Fisher and Tronto, 1990, p. 40)
For SPROUT’s fourth issue, we are seeking poetic submissions on the theme of ‘care’. As an experience and as a concept, care is relational, complex, and broad; care also happens on a spectrum of caregiving and care-receiving. As an embodied, interdependent, and lifelong activity, care appears to operate at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and is often in flux as urban needs and ecological demands shift. We are thus particularly interested in work that interrogates the modes of engaging with others in (urban and natural) space that can speak to one or more of the following, interrelated dimensions of care:
  • communities of care;
  • care as a practice (and action);
  • ethics of care.

We are curious to see poets exploring how various methodologies of care manifest in ourselves, in others, and in both urban and natural spaces. The editors invite contributors to respond expansively and thoughtfully to this activated sense of care, specifically calling for reflections on how care and stewardship of nature in urban environments can (or does) inform our sense of place and place-making. From the perspective of affect, what does care look like or feel like? What modes of being does it summon? Is care instantiative or prospective?

As a journal, we at SPROUT embrace literary experimentation in form and find ourselves inclined to publish works that play with both language and poetic expression. We encourage contributors to read our first three issues and acquaint themselves with the journal’s vision and mandate. As we are a creative project of The Nature of Cities, we work towards thinking about greener cities for people. We publish work that speaks to these concerns and particularly welcomes image-text submissions and concrete poetry for this issue.

Poets whose work is selected for publication, will receive a small honorarium in USD.

Submission deadline: 22 March 2024

1. Fisher, Bernice, and Joan C. Tronto. “Toward a Feminist Theory of Care.” In Circles of Care: Work and Identity in Women’s Lives, edited by Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson. State University of New York Press, 1990.

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about sprout

With SPROUT, we are curating a space for trans- and multi-disciplinary collaborations between poets, researchers, and citizens with a focus on geographical diversity, polyvocality, and translation. We are a creative project of The Nature of Cities, specifically interested in the character of green cities from many ways of knowing. We want to expand our understanding of who/what ‘speaks’ for a city and explore how nature shapes urban spaces. Focusing on poetry and poetic expression, SPROUT will structure engagement and exchange at the interface of cities and nature

SPROUT aims to create a space that will:

  • traverse intersections between poet, urban space, and the ecological;

  • broaden our understanding of the ways in which humans and ecological spaces affect and effect each other across urban gradients around the globe; and,

  • establish new ways of seeing, being, and meaning-making via all forms and modes of poetic expression, practice, and engagement.

We encourage experimentation – in and across language(s); in and through text; and, in, around, and beyond form.

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