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Hosted by the editors of SPROUT, we invite you to join us to listen and reflect on the work in our third issue. We drew inspiration for Issue 3 from The Nature of Cities’ (TNOC) recent art exhibition, Shade, and invited contributors to draw on the exhibition’s virtual installation as a conceptual springboard to contemplate the theme of shade through a poetic lens. We asked poets to reflect on the role shade plays in the built environment, particularly focusing on shade equity—i.e., how shade can make more inclusive spaces in the city, or, conversely, how the lack thereof can create inhospitable, hostile spaces.
For the launch, we have invited poets and mediators featured in the issue to share their work, as well as reflect on their approach to the theme and their treatment of shade in their work. As part of a moderated discussion, we will also explore the role of poetry as a mechanism to traverse intersections between poet, urban space, and the ecological, while also broadening our understanding of these intersections by establishing new ways of seeing, being, and meaning-making via the various forms and modes of poetic expression, practice, and engagement.
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,
We encourage experimentation – in and across language(s); in and through text; and, in, around, and beyond form.