Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chaos theory, the butterfly effect & an ounce of lucidity

Apud wikipedia:

"In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. The effect derives its name from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before."

Perhaps the concept noted above can also become a description of the frame of mind that may arise from reading a few metaphors laid out in a wet puzzle, amid rain drops, in the progressive and infinitesimally golden fall colors. 

A widely quoted sentence in Romanian literature belongs to the novelist Camil Petrescu: “every ounce of lucidity is paired up with an ounce of suffering.”

To paraphrase the above quote, I’d like to suggest that every ounce of lucidity is paired up with an ounce of poetry. 

A page of poetry transforms us, gradually, through successive openings and closings into something new: a larva, a pupa and, finally,a putative butterfly, held captive by an exodus of wings at the edge of our awareness.


Conrad DiDiodato said...

I agree with Petrescu: the price we pay for lucidity is suffering. Poetry is then essentially suffering, something I've always believed.

And something poets from oppressive regimes (like the former Eastern bloc countries) understand even better than the pampered Westerners. Examples are too numerous to mention.

Irina M. said...

What an interesting blend of themes and writing cues in your message.

Poetry is suffering – to a certain extent and perhaps…yet…

I view poetry as a post-catharsis type of construction, surging at the boundaries of awareness, shaped out by extraneous events.

Certainly a dose of suffering, yet the dominant realm of poetry, is, in my opinion, a healing one and in progressive expansion, putting out feelers into a reality that is not yet appropriated, but becomes appropriated by the reader and/or writer of poetry through this very exercise.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

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