Memory is essential to how we know and experience ourselves as individuals and social collectivities. The ways we choose to remember and forget are at once intensely personal, shaping the stories we tell about ourselves, and eminently political, contributing to the formation of group identities like family, community, and nation. Memory is full of contradictions—it may evoke a sense of sentimental nostalgia, or trauma and loss. Landscapes, like minds, can be repositories of memory, or re-made in ways that erase what came before.
In this issue of you are here, we asked contributors to explore the ways that memory and place are intertwined. The poetry, prose, and artwork collected here explores the emotional, embodied, and, often, political expressions of remembering and forgetting. Memory is interpreted across generations with pieces that speak to aging, forgetting, and fleeting youth; as stories embedded in the micro-geographies of place and recollection; and in relation to the devastations and erasure, both material and psychological, of resource extraction and war.
In putting together this issue, we have attempted to recover a forgotten practice that was once a cornerstone of this journal: the editorial collective. A dedicated group of geographers, writers, poets, and educators contributed to the review process, and we are incredibly grateful for their input. Leaf through these pages, mark them with a pen, fold the corners of those to which you wish to return. To remember.