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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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Views of an Imaginary City 1: Entering Sensuka Bay

Entering Sensuka Bay In this opening print of the series, the viewer is transported onto the deck of one of the steam-powered ferries linking Sensuka to Kadonde, on the other side of the Golden Strait. The steamer is rounding 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 VII – The Stairway to Nowhere at Tanalisca

The Stairway to Nowhere at Tanalisca Sensuka is a city of many religious orders, and contains within its limits an incredible number of sanctuaries, convents, monasteries, and missions. The monastery of Tanalisca is among the most famous of these, owing … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City V – Lisipéh Terraces

Lisipéh Terraces The Lisipéh Terraces take their name from Lisipéh hill, a rocky outcropping that rises steeply out of the narrow river valley upon which the centre of Sensuka is built. A century ago, owing to its forbidding topography, the … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City IV – View of Rilito Harbour

View of Rilito Harbour The Sensuka suburb of Rilito is built around a fine harbour that has long made it a centre of the local fishing industry. In the last decade, however, the neighbourhood has acquired an unexpected fashionableness, owing … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City II – View from Berino

View from Berino The inconspicuously named 23rd Avenue in the outlying neighbourhood of Berino is blessed with one of the most spectacular views in all of Sensuka. The street runs along the crest of the high hilltop upon which Berino … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City I – The Two Main Squares

The Two Main Squares The previous imperial capital before Sensuka, Okrona, had been built around a grand central square. The square’s vast size made it a fitting setting for the celebration of imperial triumphs, and also provided sufficient space for the imperial … Continue reading

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