A note from Taylor:
Poetry inspiration comes from many sources–most often in matters of the heart.
I wish you a wonderful journey as you explore this and other maps at streetsofsalem’s blog. I urge you to pick up pen and begin your handwritten, hand penned exploration.
May you discover along the way what poetry the maps hold as you find your way back to poetry, back to your heart. 🙂
Heart-shaped maps are one thing, but maps of the human heart are quite another, and I’ve got both on this Valentine’s Day. The charting of emotional territory, as opposed to physical space, has resulted in the production of several interesting maps from the seventeenth century to the near-present. Below are the companion Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart and Map of the Fortified Country of a Man’s Heart, ostensibly and anonymously drawn “by a lady” and published by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut in the 1830s. These heart maps, along with lots of other examples of the Kellogg’s impressive lithography, can be viewed at the online gallery of the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum.
I’ve brightened and cropped both maps so that you can better see the different regions that make up these human hearts. It’s very interesting that the woman’s heart is an “open”…
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