I’m very happy to share that I’ll be offering a unique, eco-poetry workshop at The Head & The Hand Press this coming Thursday Feb. 13, 6:30–8:00pm. Cost is $10 or free for HH members. Prepare to do some reading, walking, and writing inspired by the concept of the “Third Landscape” (more on that below!). Hope to see you there!
Poetry of the Third Landscape: An Eco-Poetry Workshop with Hila Ratzabi
The uncultivated spaces in our city are filled with the seeds of poems nestled between sidewalk cracks, in dilapidated buildings, and forgotten parks. French landscape architect Gilles Clément coined the term “Third Landscape,” which refers to “left behind … urban or rural sites, transitional spaces, neglected land … swamps, moors, peat bogs, but also roadsides, shores, railroad embankments, etc.” Within these leftover landscapes, amidst the debris of our efforts to subdue nature, we can discover fragments of unexpected beauty to fuel our creative engines.
Taking inspiration from our urban landscape, in this interactive workshop we will briefly read and discuss poems that inhabit these marginal spaces that poet Jonathan Skinner describes as “disturbed ground.” We will do a writing exercise in which we go on a short walk to observe the landscape, and return to the workshop to write and (optionally) to share poems.
“ ‘The third landscape’ is the term Clément uses to classify wastelands such as former industrial areas or nature reserves that are prime locations for accumulating bio-diversity. These landscapes are places of indecision where we can witness the relationship between the city and spontaneous biodiversity, bringing an ecological value to these otherwise neglected and discarded areas.”
–Will Foster, “Gilles Clément – A brief introduction”
“While the Romantic imagining of pristine landscapes still frames much American literature, its environments are now pervasively marked by ‘third landscapes’—disturbed ground, neither preserved nor cultivated. How does poetics engage this territory of weedy innovation?”
–Jonathon Skinner, “Conceptualizing the field: Some compass points for ecopoetics,” Jacket2