Monday, July 14, 2008

Natural Selection

This entry is a polyaesthetic piece titled "Natural Selection" the structure of the poem inside is a similar triangle poem.


anandi said...

I am still trying to find out the exact meaning in the poem. A being's metobolic engine consumes fuel to evolve into a fully grown being (or a modified being). It seems to based on natural selection (though humans and genetic engineering is trying to control it nowadays). Hence, NS is inversely proportional to fuel consumed and directly proportional to the engine (metabolism) of the being. Have I understood it correctly?

Hey Kaz, there is something to share. I am making a crossword (sort of scrabble) of ambigrams of the first names of all the artists whose work will be put up in the conference. I'll send you the pic when I am done.

Kaz Maslanka said...

Hey that crossword ambigram sounds cool ... I am looking forward to seeing it.

As far as your questions on Natural Selection ... Yes, what you said is true however, one must also take in consideration the term for mutation ... Due to mutation being to Natural Selection as fuel is to the engine. (This gives the context of this poem) So it goes that mutation is also proportional to Natural Selection.
And yes you correctly connected the metaphor of engine to the being yet, it is really more about the metaphorical engine of Natural Selection operating to generate different forms of being.

Thank you for your thoughts!

Kaz Maslanka said...

Oh Anandi I forgot ... I want to mention that I don't believe in exact meanings in general and especially for poetics. However, the mathematical structure within mathematical poetry is tied to the mathematical axioms that are generally accepted for those structures.


Victor Vidal said...

How do I place my own poems here?

Kaz Maslanka said...

Hi Victor, Please email them to me and we will discuss which blog they need to get posted to.
send them to kazmandu at

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