Wednesday, August 1, 2007


in "Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science"

Static, by confusion, redefines. With its dual paradoxical meanings, it is etymologically off to a good start. When applied to poetry, we have a non-metaphorical collusion of cosmic principles.

The study of poetics, for me, has never provided an exact answer for the very pertinent question of why one writes poetry. But during the course of my reading, I have found that the poetry I love and the poetry I write generate static.

Now, static means the following: non-moving or noise (in the mathematical sense, a chaos). And by poetical static I of course mean mentally chaotic eddies. Like the definition of chaos, great poetry explodes meaning into ambiguity where it at once coalesces into significance.
In addition, “the reading process instantiates the symbiotic relationship between complexity and noise, for it is the presence of noise that forces the system to reorganize itself at a higher level of complexity(1).”
The life-altering poetry causes previously formed mental connections to rearrange themselves according to a higher understanding.

(1) Ed. N. Katherine Hayles, "Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science", pg. 20.

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