In the first country of places : nature, poetry, and childhood memory (Book, 1994) [WorldCat.org]
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In the first country of places : nature, poetry, and childhood memory

Author: Louise Chawla
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1994.
Series: SUNY series in environmental and architectural phenomenology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book integrates poetry and psychology to explore how people shape their childhood place memories and self-identities in conformity with their philosophies of nature. Drawing upon written work and original interviews, the book describes uses of memory through the perspectives of five contemporary American poets: William Bronk, David Ignatow, Audre Lorde, Marie Ponsot, and Henry Weinfield.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Chawla
ISBN: 0791420736 9780791420737 0791420744 9780791420744
OCLC Number: 29315305
Description: xvi, 234 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Placing the past --
ch. 2. Childhood and nature --
ch. 3. Confrontations : William Bronk and Henry Weinfield --
ch. 4. Reconciliation : David Ignatow --
ch. 5. Connections : Audre Lorde and Marie Ponsot --
ch. 6. Childhood and nature reconsidered --
ch. 7. A recollective psychology.
Series Title: SUNY series in environmental and architectural phenomenology.
Responsibility: Louise Chawla.

Abstract:

This book integrates poetry and psychology to explore how people shape their childhood place memories and self-identities in conformity with their philosophies of nature. Drawing upon written work and original interviews, the book describes uses of memory through the perspectives of five contemporary American poets: William Bronk, David Ignatow, Audre Lorde, Marie Ponsot, and Henry Weinfield.

These authors describe their relationships with nature and childhood in the context of major Western traditions of philosophy and religion. Each poet confronts the Western image of an alien nature within which histories of individuals are insignificant, and three poets elaborate alternative versions of connection with nature and their own past.

The book closes by suggesting how the practice of psychology may assimilate principles of phenomenology and hermeneutics that point to a new paradigm of connection with childhood and with nature.

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