Biopoetics


“Poetics is distinguished from hermeneutics by its focus not on the meaning of a text, but rather its understanding of how a text’s different elements come together and produce certain effects on the reader.” -Wikipedia.

Biopoetics does not exist, this also from Wikipedia.

I love nothing more than reading a book with a title that does not exist, as is the case with Biopoetics, a book edited by Brett Cooke and Frederick Turner.

Brett Cooke writes, “poetics, a word that describes at least one art.”

It might look as if I am getting nerdier. In my mind there is nothing wrong with that, but for those who think it not so good, I will tell you I did just walk the dog.

There is something attracting me to this field of biopoetics. I just don’t know what it is yet. This ever happen to you?

I will admit that when I bought the book I thought poetics meant poetry and that bio meant ecological stuff, so as you can see, there is yet room for disappointment.

But then Cooke added, “there is no English term for the study of all the arts.” I am assuming liberal arts doesn’t cut it.

When he says, “Poetics is derived from the Greek word ‘making,’ I am back to thinking I am going to love this book. Cooke writes that poetics refers to our impulse to create beauty.

Now I am really loving it.

Stay tuned.

8 thoughts on “Biopoetics

  1. marthaschaefer April 29, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Now you have my full attention…

    • fictionfitz April 30, 2014 / 7:58 am

      more to come, it is a fascinating book of essays.

  2. M. Zane McClellan April 30, 2014 / 12:39 am

    Color me intrigued. Please do keep us posted. 🙂

    • fictionfitz April 30, 2014 / 7:58 am

      Many essays in the book, will report as I read over the next several months.

  3. Carole Webber April 30, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Can a person be a biopoetic ?
    Nice new word even if it does not exist.

  4. Carole Webber April 30, 2014 / 10:02 am

    I guess I will try to be one, after you give us more instruction.

    • fictionfitz April 30, 2014 / 10:04 am

      I plan to provide food for thought, but with a goal of being the student.

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