|| is a discipline
or art based on the recognition that like a life-form, the achieved poem
does not exist in isolation. The poem is whole but it is also part, as
Shelley wrote, of a "great poem, which all poets, like the co-operating
thoughts of one great mind, have built up since the beginning of the
To view poetry in this manner is also to
approach the problem of social organization, or the Kabbalistic task of
tikkun ha-‘olam (world-repair) in a new way. It means envisioning a social
world based on the sharing of visionary experience. Such a social world
could also find a way of caring for the Earth. If language is, as
Heidegger put it, the "house of being," then macropoetics is the
centerpiece of ecosophy, as well as of Utopian socialism.
In recent years literary criticism has
become more aware of the "intertextual" dimension of the literary work.
Now what is needed is a school of poetry that understands itself as a
visionary conversation about the world. There are models to learn from:
the macropoem of the Jewish tradition, the "Fedeli d’amore" of Dante’s
youth, the Sioux "holy men" of Black Elk Speaks, and, not least, the
dialogue of modern science. The Internet is the perfect metaphor, as well
as vehicle, of macropoetics.
On this site you will find a number of
interrelated macropoetic thought-experiments, and various opportunities to
join in the macropoetic dialogue.
The centerpiece of this site, "The
Hexagon," synthesizes many of the lessons from humanity’s
macropoetic experiments to date, and projects a world organized by the
macropoetic logos. Associated with the Hexagon are a "Colleagues"
selection, where poets in sympathy with this vision may post collections
of their poems, and a "Forum"
section for poetic dialogue. The Forum is password-protected, so that
poems posted there will not be considered "published." Poets
participating in the Forum will be considered members of the Hexagon
The Consciousness of Earth introduces the reader to an epic poem
about the ecological crisis and its spiritual implications – which
include the need to return to poetry as a means of concentrating and
sharing our thoughts.
The Poets’ Law Institute
(a projection of Shelley’s dictum that "poets are the unacknowledged
legislators of the world" there as to be one, right?) is a spot for
poetic critiques of our current legal system. Come all you
poetry-writing attorneys, active or inactive, and submit work for
Neovictorian/Cochlea is a
paper magazine which, within the limits of that medium, is informed by a
macropoetic vision. Guidelines, subscription information and an
anthology from past issues may be found here.
Web of What Is Written is an
intertextual study of some key works of modern literature.
(The Thinking Kippah) is devoted to a
vision of tikkun ha-‘olam (world-repair) which, in the geopolitical
sphere, holds a plea for Israel’s place among the nations. Like other
traditions and communities, only perhaps more so, the Jewish community
is in crisis. Could a poetic view of Jewish destiny be of any
assistance? Poets who have some tie to Judaism are invited to contribute
to this page.