This collection of poems is a glimpse of the reciprocal relationship between people and place.
A few years ago, while sitting next to the Clark Fork River, I wrote a poem and it began with the line: In this place. It was November; I had just returned to Montana for the first time after moving away and ice had begun to collect on the slow spots of the tributary, where the current seemed to be sleeping. I have written many poems in this particular spot, and in returning here my body could feel the weight of each word.
Now, four years later, I am about to graduate from college. In This Place is an online poetry anthology that I have created for my senior thesis project. I collected submissions from all around the country and put them together in the form of a website, in order to examine the way that place shapes identity, as well as the idea of regional identity. An important aspect to this project is the notion of bioregionalism, which attempts to look at place with a more holistic perspective. One of the goals of this project is to get people to think about place more deeply so that we may form a greater sense of community and more towards more sustainable living.
- Abigael Tripp [creator/editor]