I intend to emphasis here the ontological meaning of "rhythm": foundationally, "rhythm" refers not only to vocal emissions or to the sound of acoustic matter, but also to the vibration of the world. Rhythm is the inmost vibration of the cosmos. And poetry is an attempt to tune into this cosmic vibration, this temporal vibration that is coming and coming and coming.
our contemporary condition of breathlessness
"the sphere of life is invaded by flows of chaos that paralyze the social body and stifle breathing into suffocation"
poetry, as the excess of semiotic exchange
"How do we deal with the suffocation that abstraction has produced in the history of humankind?"
Kombumerri Elder Mary Graham once wrote:
Western: what is the meaning of life? Aboriginal: what is it that wants to know?
All life has meaning, and all life has a perspective, the nuances of which cannot necessarily be known to human beings. Everyone’s view is confined by their place within the system; life does not exist in the abstract. To be a fully realised human being is therefore to exist in such a way so as to ensure that all life has the same opportunity for self-realisation.
“There is a pattern to the universe and everything in it, and there are knowledge systems and traditions that follow this pattern to maintain balance, to keep the temptations of narcissism in check. But recent traditions have emerged that break down creation systems like a virus, infecting complex patterns with artificial simplicity, exercising a civilising control over what some see as chaos. The Sumerians started it. The Romans perfected it. The Anglosphere inherited it. The world is now mired in it.”