Poetry is language that intentionally performs itself as language.

Language is a mode of reality as co-creativity.

Language is material—patterns of sensory events (sounds, sights, and feels) co-determining with each other and with all material beings the ever-changing forms and orders of reality.

Language is alive—syntactic and semantic movements co-constructing and reproducing each other and all other beings as complexly ordered interdependent beings.

Language is sentient—beings resonating and composing with all other beings harmonies and disharmonies—creation as music.

As language, reality is beings attuning to, choreographing, and composing anew patterns of patterns of material, living, sentient, and linguistic being.

Poetry is language aware of and intentionally performing itself as material, living, sentient, and linguistic co-creativity, as the mode of reality it is.

roy herndon smith