Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Poet Laureate III

Diamond Mountain Appellation, Napa Valley, California, USA

February 9, 2012



This essay, Poet Laureate III, is the companion piece to
  1. Poet Laureate
  2. Poet Laureate II
  3. Wordsmith
in that order.

It is also the third in the quadrilogy Poet Laureate:
  1. Poet Laureate I
  2. Poet Laureate II
  3. Poet Laureate III
  4. Poet Laureate IV
in that order.




Poetry evokes  with words.

I'd buy that for a dollar if I was looking for a way to relate Conversations For Transformation to poetry. The thing is when I'm writing Conversations For Transformation, I'm not writing poetry. Nor am I trying to be a poet. If it turns out there's a relationship between what Conversations For Transformation evokes and what poetry evokes, I'll take it. But it's not where my focus is.

I can see how Conversations For Transformation showing up as poetry is an inevitable result of the process they are, given what they bring forth - that is to say, given what I intend  for them to bring forth. In this way, you could say they do  evoke a poetic experience - for this I'm responsible. But this poetic experience is simply a by-product of their creation. It's a by-product I can count on coming forth in the process of their writing. It's a by-product I don't have to have my attention on when I'm in the process of creating them.

But there is one aspect of Conversations For Transformation which does have something deliberately in common with poetry: Conversations For Transformation are inspired by a muse  if you will. Actually they're more than inspired by their muse: they're in service  to their muse. And they don't have to be - it's important you get this: they don't have  to be in service to anything ... and they are. The muse they're in service to is source, the source of my life and my experience, the source of your life and your experience. Yet this isn't significant, any more than the your hair color  or your skin texture is significant. They're just what's so  about you. The source of your life and your experience is simply the source of your life and your experience.

I'd like to address people generously telling me Conversations For Transformation evoke an experience like poetry evokes for them. This is interesting ...   The mindset I'm in when I write Conversations For Transformation is really closer to the mindset of a computer programmer than it is to a poet's or even to a writer's. What I do isn't assemble words which evoke an experience like poets and writers do. What I do is more akin to pushing buttons, flipping switches, and turning dials (so to speak) to cause  an experience like a computer programmer does. As a computer programmer, my tools for directing the way a computer crunches numbers  and runs apps  and games are a keyboard, a mouse, and code. As a writer of Conversations For Transformation, my tools for directing the way the machine listens  for the possibility of transformation, are words.

So if it's true the purpose of poetry is to evoke with words, Conversations For Transformation only do this as a by-product of their creation. What I'm intent on accomplishing with Conversations For Transformation isn't so much to evoke a poetic experience with words as it is to re-enliven, as it is to rehabilitate the channels of listening  for transformation like a possibility, with words.

This poet laureate, this poet Laurence  isn't simply writing evocative poetry or prose. Although it may seem like that sometimes, the truth about what I do, the truth about what I'm up to is waaay  bigger than that.



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