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some cities

some cities were founded by chance

comfortably reclined against an old meander

a protective hill, a vantage point

crossroads for conflict and profit


some simply piled up

on the continuous rhythm of human tides

layered atop one another

in time


others were projected

as simple lines, drawn on bare grounds

with stick or sword

following precise instruction manuals


these towns are dreams of order

grids and radii, full and void

carefully described in words

before landing on uncertainty


beyond their remarkable growth

cities based on ordinances and survey systems

cadastral divisions and codes

remain written text and sketch, against the ineffable


Caracas, 1578

Caracas, 1578

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