issue 1: space

In inviting new work to reflect expansively about space, our contributors took up this call to carve out space(s) for themselves. The collected product reflects a multitude of poetic practices. What brings them all together is a particular attentiveness to the liminal, the in-between, the beingness of being-in-space, and acts of seeing out (or, indeed in) wards, into space.

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meditation on space – issue 1

mediation on space – issue 1 To advance transdisciplinary conversations about and around what constitutes the eco-urban, for each issue we reach out to a member of The Nature of Cities community to share their thoughts and reflections on the content collected therein. We curate responses from urban planners, ecologists,

about us

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.

the sprout staff