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 world."

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.

  • In this section, you will find several macropoetic manifestos.
  • 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 Foundation.
  • 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 inclusion here!
  • The 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.
  • The Web of What Is Written is an intertextual study of some key works of modern literature.
  • Kippat Binah (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.