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The Re-Enchantment of the WorldSecular Magic in a Rational Age$
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Joshua Landy and Michael Saler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752992

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.001.0001

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Homeless Gardens

Homeless Gardens

(p.72) Chapter 4 Homeless Gardens
The Re-Enchantment of the World

Robert Harrison

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the homeless who have a more direct, literal, and pressing acquaintance with the modern predicament than anyone else. Their response is to construct “gardens” amid desolate spaces, gardens made sometimes of flowers, or piles of leaves, but sometimes just of stuffed animals, milk cartons, or recycled refuse. This chapter argues that the homeless garden provides a corner of order, a “still point of the turning world,” and thus a point of contact between uprooted individuals and the world in which they live: a re-enchantment of space. It claims that to understand this is to refuse the equal injustice, the equal projective reduction, of seeing only distress.

Keywords:   homeless garden, re-enchantment, transitory garden, recycled refuse

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