Category Archives: Imaginary City

Views of an Imaginary City 7: Tizabu Park and Tizabu Prison

Sensuka, to be sure, is a place of endless fascination and delight, but it can also be a heartless place. When one enters Sensuka Harbour and first looks out upon the colonnaded wharves and polychrome marble facades rising from the … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City 6: Dastazuriki in the Little Switzerland Neighbourhood

Western traders first arrived in Sensuka soon after the city’s founding by the emperor Bulodi I as his new imperial capital. Two decades later, however, following a moral panic over the corrupting influence of Western values, religious beliefs, and food, … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City 2: The Teposensuki or “Lovers’ Bridge”

The Teposensuki (“Sensuka Bridge”) is the widest and most monumental of the bridges spanning the Juminta River in the central area of the city known as the Kadini (“Nest”). It is also notable for being the sole bridge in the … Continue reading

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“La città radiosa” (“The Radiant City”) by Vincenzo Mascolo

My adaptation of comics of a poem by the Italian poet Vincenzo Mascolo. The poem represents a section of a long poetic cycle (still in progress) titled “Orphée,” which is in turn inspired  by the modern classical album of the … Continue reading

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“Sensuka”- A Poem by Alice Elm (English Version)

(In a post from a few months ago, I published a beautiful poem by the Montreal writer Alice Elm that was directly inspired by my on-going “Views of an Imaginary City” series. Now Alice has composed an English version of … Continue reading

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“Sensuka” – A Poem by Alice Elm – Un poème d’Alice Elm

The Montreal poet and writer Alice Elm has written a stunningly beautiful poem, in French, that is directly inspired by my on-going “Views of an Imaginary City” series. The name of my invented city, which gives its name to this … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City XI – A Schoolyard in Peleosti

A Schoolyard in Peleosti Not only time, but distance too, appears much extended when one is a child, and by a far greater factor than can be accounted for simply by one’s smaller size. In this view from within a schoolyard in the Peleosti … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City X – The Convent of the Holy Virgin of the Most Pure and Immaculate Heart

X – The Convent of the Holy Virgin of the Most Pure and Immaculate Heart All foreign faiths are tolerated within the territory of the Empire, so long as they do not interfere with the ruling authorities in secular matters. Catholicism … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City IX – A Neighbourhood Beauty Remembered

A Neighbourhood Beauty Remembered: Narimoa in Peleosti It is not uncommon in the older neighbourhoods of Sensuka to come across a narimoa, a monument to a local beauty. The majority of these statues were created around a century and a … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City VIII – A Neighbourhood Best Avoided after Dark

A Neighbourhood Best Avoided after Dark It’s a strange thing about those old narrow streets by the river in the eastern part of the Sofluri district. By day, the area is really quite picturesque and charming, with its cobbled passageways, its … Continue reading

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