Poetry is one of the best ways I know to capture the essence of Place. In this wonderful poem by George Ella Lyons, I can feel my own homeplace in her intimate details.
Where I'm From I am from clothespins,
from Clorox, and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch
it tasted like beets).
I am from the forsythia bush,
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.
I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,
From Imogene and Alafair.
I'm from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from perk up and pipe down.
I'm from he restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.
I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments -
snapped before I budded -
leaf-fall from the family tree.
George Ella Lyons
A space that is an integral part and an extension of thenatural world around it, yet reveals the individuality of those who reside there and allows people to interact meaningfully to create a deep sense of belonging.
Marilyn Finnemore Importance of Place
Spaces of such temporary, transient activity as to not have the significance to be regarded as “places”; coined by French anthropologist Marc Augé, who wrote Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (1995). “Marc Augé coined the term . . . to describe specific kinds of spaces . . . designed to be passed through or consumed rather than appropriated, and retaining little or no trace of our engagement with them.”1
1 Emer O’Beirne, “Mapping the Non-Lieu in Marc Augé’s Writings,” Forum for Modern Language Studies 42, no. 1 (2006). (↑)
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