Pragmatic Apparatus – Playing in the water: an exquisite corpse and found river and underwater poems

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by Stephanie R Januchowski-Hartley, Ioanna D Giannoulatou, Asha Sahni

This article shares and reflects on Underwater Haiku Exquisite Corpse – a playful approach to writing and enquiry about rivers and their underwater environments. The Underwater Haiku Exquisite Corpse was an adaptation of the Surrealist exquisite corpse concept – a collaborative game in which each participant wrote or drew in response to a prompt and kept their contribution concealed until the end, when the full corpse was revealed to all contributors. We consider how our approach to exquisite corpse fostered playful co-creation and community and contributed to better understanding people’s experiences with and intuitive responses to river environments. This article blends academic writing and found poems (existing words or phrases reframed into a poem) from Underwater Haiku Exquisite Corpse, in response to calls for more creative and entangled ways to write about the world. We applied this technique, using lines of text by different Underwater Haiku Exquisite Corpse contributors and reordering lines into poems that illustrated how contributors intertwined notions of humans, rivers, and what lies below the surface. We hope that by sharing our experiences with the Underwater Haiku Exquisite Corpse, we encourage more playful approaches to geopoetics, to foster conversations across disciplines, as well as within and outside the academy.

Publication: cultural geographies (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Aug 23, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: collage, community, digital media, environment, geopoetics, play, poetry (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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