Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place
Co-edited by Pauline Sameshima, Alexandra Fidyk, Kedrick James, and Carl Leggo
In the tradition of a decade of bi-annual gatherings of the International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry, this volume serves as the fifth refereed symposium anthology. Enchantments of Place celebrates poetry and poetic voices—theorizing and exploring poetic inquiry as an approach, methodology, and/or method for use in contemporary research practices.
Poetic inquiry has increased in prominence as a legitimate means by which to collect, assimilate, analyze, and share the results of research across many disciplines. With this collection, we hope to continue to lay the groundwork internationally, for researchers, scholars, graduate students, and the larger community to take up poetic inquiry as a way to approach knowledge generation, learning, and sharing.
This volume specifically works to draw attention to the ancient connection between poetry and the natural world with attention to broadening the ecological scope and impact of the work of poetic inquirers.
Wallace Stegner once wrote, “Until it has a poet, a place is not a place.” Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place calls many different places into being through the feeling and knowing hearts of its skillful poets. The contributors to this volume—and to the larger movement to embolden inquiry through the feeling imagination—rescue research from orthodoxy and return us to our senses, enlivened to our own particular times and places.
David Greenwood, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education, Lakehead University, Canada
This erudite collection is a fresh cut into the nature of thinking about being human, about stepping on the lily pads and rock piles of life and recording interpretations of what it means to be self-conscious sensual-intellectual beings in the process. It reaffirms that being poetic is to be in a story, adding mettle to the truth that poetry is another way to encode and share the foundations of human experience. Poetry heartfelt and thought through can ground theories of the world that actually involve our interactions with it, not just abstractions from it. Making that case and others emphatically, Poetic Inquiry marks its own fundamental contribution to social science and arts-based research.
Ivan Brady, Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York, USA
The circumstances of our living always call out for a new breath, for new ways with words. Things have shifted. You can smell the Earth and taste the salt of weeping. These heartening writings are part of a greater breath, where the images and words surrounding teaching and learning and self-articulation are flying free of old, exhausted ways. Read it slowly. It is worth your while.
David W. Jardine, Retired Professor of Education, Canada
In an era of “alternative facts,” language itself is at risk. Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place returns us to the human imagination as an organ of knowing indivisibly united with the phenomenology of words and things. Rich, provocative, insightful and sustaining, this collection shows “poetic inquiry” as a necessary mode of knowing and being for the twenty-first century. It returns poetry to its roots in cosmology, and inquiry to the incisive precision of poetry.
Susan Rowland, Chair, MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, USA
Between earth and sky, mind and heart, language and excess, these diverse contributions gather us together in lonely times, making us slow down and listen, listen, listen . . . to a mysterious but promising call . . . two parts dwelling and one part adventure.
Les Todres, Emeritus Professor of Health Philosophy, Bournemouth University, UK
This book is a rigorous and beautiful response to both the concept and process of poetic inquiry. The delicate interweaving of sublime and evocative poetry masterfully arranged and composed by the editors brings to the fore the emotional resonance of poetry and its capacity to distil the complexities of life. It is an enchanting addition to the field of poetic inquiry, artfully balanced by considered essays throughout. The ubiquitous concept of place draws the various strands of the book together for the reader to interpret the material presented on both a personal and communal level. The imagery used throughout is thoughtful and complementary resulting in a book that is a valuable addition to this field. It is quite simply a work of art!
Margaret Baguley, Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place is another in several recent volumes of poetic inquiry, a type of arts-based research. The book publishes the studies presented at the fifth International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry (ISPI) at the University of British Columbia's Botanical Gardens. It includes villanelles written after a game of exquisite corpse, poems about the healing process of abused Indigenous women, ekphrastic poetry in appreciation of Emily Carr and Basquiat, found poetry, erasure poetry, eco-poetry, erotic poetry, poetry about the Puerto Rican diaspora, poetry about time, poetry about self-diagnosing after reading the DSM. These autoethnographic poetic tellings speak of personal experiences and personal mythologies combined with visual art, photography, dance, and music, science, statistics, and research commentary. One does not usually find such interdisciplinary richness in a book of conference proceedings. Read and behold.
Jane Piirto, Trustees' Distinguished Professor, Director of Talent Development Education, Ashland University, Ohio, USA
An inspirational compendium of poetic nourishment for all the senses, cradled lovingly in text that portrays the journey of poetic inquiry—its story, its present and its future. Enchantment of Place is a landmark of possibility on the poetic inquiry landscape, a must for all poetic inquirers, and a call to others.
Lynn Butler-Kisber, Professor, Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Canada
This book is a beautiful and poetic addition to literature on critical research methods, inquiry and alternative ways of seeing the world. Over the past few decades many have privileged data controlled and quantitative approaches to evidence. However, books such as these remind us that there is more to life than viewing phenomenon through such narrow lenses. Without such books as this one, we would truly be limited in our understanding of multiples ways of making meaning and ultimately humanity.
Georgina Barton, Senior lecturer and Program Director of Bachelor of Secondary Education. Australian Literacy Educators' Association Fellow, Griffith University, Australia
Poetic Inquiry: Vibrant Voices in the Social Sciences
Co-edited by Monica Prendergast, Carl Leggo, and Pauline Sameshima
Poetic Inquiry features many of the foremost scholars working worldwide in aesthetic ways through poetry. The contributors (from five countries) are all committed to the use of poetry as a way to collect data, analyze findings and represent understandings in multidisciplinary social science qualitative research investigations. The creativity and high aesthetic quality of the contributions found in the collection speak for themselves; they are truly, as the title indicates, "vibrant voices". This groundbreaking collection will mark new territories in qualitative research and interpretive inquiry practices at an international level. Poetic Inquiry will contribute to many ongoing and energetic debates in arts-based research regarding issues of evaluation, aesthetics, ethics, activism, self-study, and practice-based research, while also spelling out some innovative ways of opening up these debates in creative and productive ways. Instructors and students will find the book a clear and comprehensive introduction to poetic inquiry as a research method.
Review: Tse, V. (2014, Autumn). A review of Poetic Inquiry: Vibrant Voices in the Social Sciences. In J. Guiney Yallop, S. Wiebe, & S. L. Faulkner (Eds.), Special Issue: Practices of poetic inquiry, In Education 20(2), pp. 177-181.
Climbing the Ladder with Gabriel
Pauline Sameshima, Roxanne Vandermause, Stephen Chalmers, and Gabriel
Climbing the Ladder with Gabriel demonstrates the power of photography and poetry to render the experience of methamphetamine addiction and recovery through the art of an interdisciplinary research methodology. Instructors, students, recovering addicts, and prevention/recovery advocates will find this a valuable resource. This book was shortlisted for the 2010 Outstanding Book of the Year by the American Educational Research Association's Qualitative Research Special Interest Group.
"There are many ways to "know the world". The authors of this remarkable text have adopted an eclectic mix of methodologies from the arts and sciences to portray the experience of methamphetamine addiction. While it may never be possible to fully "know" another's experience, this book provides readers with one of the most intimate portraits of a methamphetamine addict ever assembled. The reader will be touched by the juxtaposition of everyday joy and the hopelessness and regret so poignantly portrayed by these authors. The book is also hopeful, documenting that, even in the throes of terrible addiction, unique humanness survives and recovery is always possible." - John M. Roll, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Nursing. Director, Program of Excellence in the Addictions, Washington State University.
"The authors of this remarkable work have opened the door for new ways of compiling and revealing what it means to be a human being caught in the dangerously perplexing problem of drug addiction and its fallout in a wide circle of social problems. By summoning up both a rigorous philosophy and procedural logic as a baseline and an artfulness that gives the bare bones of hard data a very human face, a heartbeat, and a voice that everyone can hear, they make a compelling case for such work in arts-based research and for pluralism in social science research design and methods. This is art caught in a handshake with science that matters." – Ivan Brady, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, State University of New York, Oswego.
"What a fantastic idea! What a great accomplishment!" – Laurel Richardson, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and international leader in qualitative research, The Ohio State University.
"This poetic inquiry performs a vibrant testimony to the possibilities of personal and political transformation that can emerge in research that is heartful and artful. When we collaborate creatively and lovingly, we can find the ways of bountiful hope for living together with health. " – Carl Leggo, Professor and Poet, Language and Literacy, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Seeing Red: A Pedagogy of Parallax
Seeing Red is written in the form of an epistolary bildungsroman—a didactic novel of personal developmental journeying. The work is a fiction (letters from a graduate student to the professor she is in love with) embedded in developmental understanding of living the life of a teacher researcher. The work shares the possibilities of how artful research informs processes of scholarly inquiry and honors the reader's multi-perspective as integral to the research project's transformative potential.
This work won the:
2007 AERA Arts-based Educational Research Outstanding Dissertation Award (USA)
2007 CSSE Arts Researchers Teachers Society Outstanding Dissertation Award (Canada)
2007 CSSE Canadian Association of Teacher Education Dissertation Recognition of Excellence Award (Canada)
2007 Ted T. Aoki Curriculum Studies Prize (University of British Columbia)
2007 Gordon and Marion Smith Prize in Art Education (University of British Columbia)
Reviews at Publisher’s Site
by Norman K. Denzin, Ralph Raunft, Liora Bresler, Richard Siegesmund, Anthony Clarke, Carl Leggo, J. Gary Knowles, Rita Irwin, Ann Rippin, Anita Sinner, Ken Gale, Nancy Li, and Avraham Cohen.
Full Book Reviews:
Raunft, R. (2008, August). In National Art Education News. pp 22-23.
Siegesmund, R. (2009). In Journal of Arts & Learning, 25(1), 164-170.