Algo Poetry-Behind the Lines

Escalation Hypothesis-No, I hadn’t heard of the term either.

I am always looking for crazy terms, titles and theories from left field, or from areas such as scientific theory to use in poetry, to let me see where the term or it’s subject matter will take the work.

“Escalation Hypothesis” , the title of my penultimate poem of my second collection, Unreconciled Doors, came this way too.

I had been reading about Dutch born evolutionary biologist Geerat J. Vermeij’s theory , which simply put, says that if you are prey, then being defined by your predator is an important evolutionary mechanism ,as you will have to adapt to survive.

However, his research also hypothesised that in the face of an extinction sized event , (an asteroid),those predators (Dinosaurs) and their prey (Dinosaur food) would be wiped out (by the asteroid)…. but those not in any food chain would be spared!.

This to me was intriguing as it meant that in human terms, someone without enemies, or who was not constantly adapting to others ,their want and their expectations, would survive and thrive!.

Me being myself, of course, I decided to imagine willing such a cataclysmic event on my life, wanting something to wipe out the old order of things and create something new, some furious but fertile ground to barely stand on as the new landscape would take shape.

Sometimes poetry and how you see yourself or the world, comes from the strangest places-

“An infantile fantasist’s perception” maybe!.


If you like and if you can, having being delighted by this daily dose of dissonance, maybe Buy Me a Coffee please ,or even better, buy Unreconciled Doors, so you can read along with Behind the Lines!


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