My Open Minds students are writing poems this week that bridge our units on spaces and on biographies. We met Tuesday to talk read some works that do a great job of questioning how physical context reframes the people who inhabit (even temporarily) those spaces, and vice versa.
My favorite examples, at least this week, came from Moja Kahf and d.a. levy. Our class had a great discussion of these poems, but moved very quickly into a discussion of Richmond history and urban planning. It’s possible, because that is all I ever talk about, that I bear some responsibility for this.
It reminded me how much of Richmond’s history can be seen from an aerial view of the city’s data.
Bloch, Matthew, Shan Carter, and Alan McLean. “Mapping the 2010 US Census.” Projects.nytimes.com. The New York Times. n.d. Web. 9 Dec. 2011.