The Poetic Power of Pedestrians


By merely wandering, the dérivist frustrates the spatial logic of capitalism, in the process discovering new currents, fissures, and vortices of possibility within a deeply familiar space.

Wandering and drifting have long been championed as means of inspiration, but how does that figure into the politics and configuration of our literature? Over at Full Stop, Dustin Illingworth writes about the “revolutionary power of the pedestrian” and how the physical traversal and disruption of urban spaces has shown itself in art and literature.

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →