chapter  15
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One Stone After the Other: Geopoetical Considerations on Stony Ground

ByAlexandre Gillet

The mere fact of finding oneself in an open space makes us bear in mind geographical matters of real significance. Being on one’s own or not doesn’t change fundamentally one’s own position: we still have to find an orientation and choose a direction. Seized by our surroundings, here and there, sooner or later, we realize that even before we start moving again, we are being moved. We realize that even before place and space converse together through movement of the body and the mind, we are being situated in a wider horizon. Without doubt, an emotion takes place here. Of course, knowing that ‘there hardly exists any non-emotional perception; somehow, man’s experience is always pervaded by a certain tonality’ (Anders 1950, 557). Simply that when we are ourselves on the move into an open space, walking or resting, this tonality is stronger than ever, and may bear us further than is customary.