Friday, December 02, 2011

The Poetics of Space

Gaston Bachelard's La poétique de l'espace (1958) / The Poetics of Space (1964, 1994, translated by Maria Jolas). Here's a book that probably cannot be fully absorbed but rather acts as a touchstone into other ways of perceiving. For me, it's a textual equivalent corresponding to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St (1972), Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti (1975) and John Coltrane's A Love Supreme (1964-1965). Perpetually mindblowing and otherworldly, yet grounded in this world.

Bachelard roams through architecture small and large via the scrim of poetry, fiction, daydreams, memories, dreams, light, shadow, color, sound and touch, scent and imagination. Our abode, if we are lucky enough to dwell in one, "shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace." "Imagination augments the values of reality."

The English version I picked up in Philadelphia was published by Beacon Press, "under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations."

Bachelard's poetics dovetail nicely with feng shui ("wind-water"), another way of considering the harmonics of space.

Do you have favorite nooks and crannies?

Today's Rune: Wholeness.  

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds surreal. I enjoy that.