A1 Journal article – refereed

'A stream of words' - the Antwerp Quay Poem as interrogation of urban open form, polyphony and radical dialogue

List of Authors: Ameel Lieven


Publication year: 2021

Journal: Textual Practice

Journal name in source: TEXTUAL PRACTICE

Journal acronym: TEXTUAL PRACT

Number of pages: 20

ISSN: 0950-236X

eISSN: 1470-1308

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2021.1903545

This article examines polyphony and open form as key concepts connecting literary theory and urban planning. It focuses on Peter Holvoet-Hanssen's Quay Poem, an in-situ poem painted in 2011 on the floodwalls of the Antwerp quays during Holvoet-Hanssen's tenure as city poet. The long poem in public space provides important insights into how literary city texts and the discourses of urban development draw ultimately on similar narrative structures, in close dialogue with past layers of urban meaning and in the shadow of future material transformations. The poem gestures also to insights planning can gain from literary forms of storytelling, in particular in the way Holvoet-Hanssen's poem produces a remarkable openness of form; in the way it articulates a radical variety of different voices; and in the way it continues to speak after the text itself has disappeared from the public built environment.

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