Poetic Inquiry

Poetic Inquiry : Enchantment of Place

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In the tradition of a decade of bi-annual gatherings of the International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry, this volume serves as the fifth refereed symposium anthology. Enchantments of Place celebrates poetry and poetic voices--theorizing and exploring poetic inquiry as an approach, methodology, and/or method for use in contemporary research practices.

Poetic inquiry has increased in prominence as a legitimate means by which to collect, assimilate, analyze, and share the results of research across many disciplines. With this collection, we hope to continue to lay the groundwork internationally, for researchers, scholars, graduate students, and the larger community to take up poetic inquiry as a way to approach knowledge generation, learning, and sharing.

This volume specifically works to draw attention to the ancient connection between poetry and the natural world with attention to broadening the ecological scope and impact of the work of poetic inquirers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20mm | 513g
  • Delaware, United States
  • English
  • 33 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1622731220
  • 9781622731220

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Wallace Stegner once wrote, "Until it has a poet, a place is not a place." Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place calls many different places into being through the feeling and knowing hearts of its skillful poets. The contributors to this volume--and to the larger movement to embolden inquiry through the feeling imagination--rescue research from orthodoxy and return us to our senses, enlivened to our own particular times and places.
David Greenwood, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education, Lakehead University, Canada

This erudite collection is a fresh cut into the nature of thinking about being human, about stepping on the lily pads and rock piles of life and recording interpretations of what it means to be self-conscious sensual-intellectual beings in the process. It reaffirms that being poetic is to be in a story, adding mettle to the truth that poetry is another way to encode and share the foundations of human experience. Poetry heartfelt and thought through can ground theories of the world that actually involve our interactions with it, not just abstractions from it. Making that case and others emphatically, Poetic Inquiry marks its own fundamental contribution to social science and arts-based research.
Ivan Brady, Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York, USA

The circumstances of our living always call out for a new breath, for new ways with words. Things have shifted. You can smell the Earth and taste the salt of weeping. These heartening writings are part of a greater breath, where the images and words surrounding teaching and learning and self-articulation are flying free of old, exhausted ways. Read it slowly. It is worth your while.
David W. Jardine, Retired Professor of Education, Canada

In an era of "alternative facts," language itself is at risk. Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place returns us to the human imagination as an organ of knowing indivisibly united with the phenomenology of words and things. Rich, provocative, insightful and sustaining, this collection shows "poetic inquiry" as a necessary mode of knowing and being for the twenty-first century. It returns poetry to its roots in cosmology, and inquiry to the incisive precision of poetry.
Susan Rowland, Chair, MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, USA

Between earth and sky, mind and heart, language and excess, these diverse contributions gather us together in lonely times, making us slow down and listen, listen, listen . . . to a mysterious but promising call . . . two parts dwelling and one part adventure.
Les Todres, Emeritus Professor of Health Philosophy, Bournemouth University, UK
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