Peoples Geography — Reclaiming space

Creating people's geographies

Beirut, Tripoli, Byblos, Tyre … via Rudyard Kipling

Travelling to Brisbane I noticed a new (co-authored) Arthur C. Clarke novel in one of the airport bookshops.

Arthur C. Clarke is one of my favourite sci. fi. authors and has written one of my favourite novels of all time, The City and the Stars.

Anyway, I flicked through and found this evocative quote he uses at the beginning of the book. Quite a round-about way of explaining how I came upon this quote which reminds me of Lebanon and the imperative to take the long view and keep our hopes and dreams and efforts going, even and especially amid all the imperial hubris, carnage and suffering …

Cities and Thrones and Powers


Stand in Time’s eye,


Almost as long as flowers,


Which daily die.


But, as new buds put forth


To glad new men,


Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth,


The Cities rise again.


— Rudyard Kipling

PS Not forgetting Baghdad and other cities in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 1 August, 2006 by in Poetry.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"