MAPPING

A collection of systems, structures and schemes that can be used as a rudimentary basis to begin to explore links between literary and visual pursuits and the schemata that are latent in our personal geographies, the cosmos and all else inbetween. A basis to begin a consideration of how creative production seeks to grasp what it means to be in the world.
VI
Sometimes the house grows and spreads so that, in order to live in it, greater elasticity of daydreaming, a daydream that is less clearly outlined is needed. ‘My house,’ writes Georges Spyridaki, ‘is diaphanous, but it is not of glass. It is more of the nature of vapour. Its walls contract and expand as I desire. At times, I draw them close about me like protective armour … But at others, I let the walls of my house blossom out in their own space which is infinitely extensible.’
— Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (House and Universe) plus Lucinda Hitchcock, strips of Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space on a window, 1993.

the fog magnified
The houses either side of that sad street,
So they seemed like two wharves the ebbing flood
Leaves desolate by the river-side. A mist,
Unclean and yellow, inundated space-
— Baudelaire, from ‘The Seven Old Men’

The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes
Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,        
And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.
— T.S. Eliot, from ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

VI

Sometimes the house grows and spreads so that, in order to live in it, greater elasticity of daydreaming, a daydream that is less clearly outlined is needed. ‘My house,’ writes Georges Spyridaki, ‘is diaphanous, but it is not of glass. It is more of the nature of vapour. Its walls contract and expand as I desire. At times, I draw them close about me like protective armour … But at others, I let the walls of my house blossom out in their own space which is infinitely extensible.’

— Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (House and Universe) plus Lucinda Hitchcock, strips of Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space on a window, 1993.

the fog magnified

The houses either side of that sad street,

So they seemed like two wharves the ebbing flood

Leaves desolate by the river-side. A mist,

Unclean and yellow, inundated space-

— Baudelaire, from ‘The Seven Old Men’

The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,

The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes

Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,

Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,

Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,

Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,        

And seeing that it was a soft October night,

Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

— T.S. Eliot, from ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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