Book Review: Place, Being, Resonance: A Critical Ecohermeneutic Approach to Education



curriculum studies, ecohermeneutics, ecopoiesis, place, poetics, creativity, arts, critical pedagogy


As a poet, I am always seeking to live poetically, informed and motivated by the rhythms and wisdom of poetry. Michael W. Derby’s Place, Being, Resonance: A critical Ecohermeneutic Approach to Education is a poetic rumination on place and ecological living. With attention to the etymology of ecopoiesis, Michael is making a home for dwelling, and he is calling others to engage in this home-making, where we do not take for granted the cultural norms and processes. Michael understands the efficacy of education for transformation. He understands the mystery of the ineffable, but he also understands the urgency to acknowledge how the ineffable is always dancing a wild tango with the effable. The role of education is to keep the mind, heart, spirit, intuition and imagination supple and nimble, always attuned to other possibilities.

Author Biography

Carl Leggo, University of British Columbia

Carl Leggo is a poet and professor at the University of British Columbia. His books include: Come-By-Chance; Lifewriting as Literary Métissage and an Ethos for Our Times (co-authored with Erika Hasebe-Ludt and Cynthia Chambers); Creative Expression, Creative Education (co-edited with Robert Kelly); Sailing in a Concrete Boat; Arresting Hope: Prisons That Heal (co-edited with Ruth Martin, Mo Korchinski, and Lynn Fels); Arts-based and Contemplative Practices in Research and Teaching: Honoring Presence (co-edited with Susan Walsh and Barbara Bickel); Hearing Echoes (co-authored with Renee Norman); and Poetic inquiry: Enchantment of Place (co-edited with Pauline Sameshima, Alexandra Fidyk, and Kedrick James).




How to Cite

Leggo, C. (2018). Book Review: Place, Being, Resonance: A Critical Ecohermeneutic Approach to Education. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 16(2), 96–105. Retrieved from



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