6 June 2013
A book of poetry entitled Heterotopia by Lesley Wheeler ( Barrow Street Press) 2010. I look forward to reading it and contrasting with other forms of art that are inspired by the idea.
‘For philosopher Michel Foucault, heterotopia designates a real or imagined space of escape, transformation, or revelation. In Lesley Wheeler’s prizewinning second collection, the heterotopia is Liverpool, England, during the middle of the twentieth century–a time and place defined by the Blitz and the privations that followed. Her imaginary Liverpool, however, has a complicated relationship to the real city and to her own life in the United States: it makes visible what was gained and lost in the transition from poverty to prosperity, from oral culture to print overload’.