In the spring of 2014 my environmental humanities class
crossed Elizabeth Bradfield’s *haibun
broadside project with Jonathan Skinner
& Gilles Clement’s ideas of *”The Third Landscape” to come up with
an interesting array of glimpses of the soon-to-be redeveloped Northside
neighborhood of Spartanburg. At the end of the semester for their final project
the students explored the Northside’s abandoned streets and vacant lots. Their
charge was to create a broadside out of three elements:
Their prose notes through a “spill” of on-site free-writing.
A haiku, either in traditional three-lined-offset-poetry-fashion,
or with lines set off with slashes.
A single photo taken of their meditation spot from their
point of view.
Below you will find a generous selection of the best examples
of what resulted from this collision of college student minds and, to use
Skinner’s phrase, “The wild … right under their noses.”
“Attending the Living Word/World: Using Haibun to discover poetry” by Elizabeth
Bradfield (McSweenys, 2004)
“Thoughts on Things: Poetics of the Third Landscape” by
Jonathan Skinner, from )((ECO(Lange)(UAGE(READER)) Edited by Brenda Iijima
(Portable Press, 2010)