### DE SPECTACULIS: ON POETIC PERMUTATIONS AND APOLEGETICS

“There is no public spectacle without violence to the spirit.”

“What they long to see, what they dread to see,—neither has anything to do with them; their love is without reason, their hatred without justice.”

-Tertullian

__COMMENTARY:__

“*Poetry is the Flavor of Unity.”* Think on this phrase for a moment—mull over the complete lack of sense of this arbitrary aggregation of buzz words, and answer me this: is this what is meant to pass for poetic theory these days, and is poetry itself meant to consist of nothing more than any and every odd combination of unrelated word-beads strung upon whatever ratty length of syntactic twine just happens to be lying around?

I will make it easy on you. Here is the formula for the nullity of all poetry in the Simulation, which is the same as that of its universal affirmation: Poetry is, in all instances and in whatever form it may take, 1) uplifting, 2) empowering, and 3) profound, simply by virtue of being “poetry,” and if it is produced by the officially sanctioned officers of reality-hegemony (read Poet Laureates, et al.), it is *great* poetry.

__ALGEBRAIC ANALYSIS:__

A listing of terms and their possible combinations.

Poetry.

Flavor.

Unity.

Poetry is the flavor of unity.

Poetry is the unity of flavor.

Flavor is the poetry of unity.

Flavor is the unity of poetry.

Unity is the poetry of flavor.

Unity is the flavor of poetry.

Assuming repetition is not allowed, then take the example of *xyz*, with *x *equaling poetry, *y* equaling flavor, and* z* equaling unity. Now, for *x *we have 3 possibilities. For *y* we cannot use the number already used for *x* so (3–1) = 2 possibilities. For *z* we cannot use the number already used for *x* and *y* so we are left with (3–2) = 1 possibility. So the total 3-digit number possibilities without repetition is 3x2x1 = 6.

Represented numerically, the possibilities are: 123, 132, 213, 231, 312, and 321.

We can also make our calculation through permutation:

*nPr = n! / (n-r)! *

Now, we have to form a 3 digit number, so *r=3*. We have 3 numbers available, so *n=3*. So,

*3P3 = 3!/ (3–3)! = 3x2x1 / 0! = 6 /1 = 6.*

Or if you have an instance of *required outcome = available resource*, as in our case, in which both the *required number = 3* and the *available digits = 3*, we can use directly

*3! = 3x2x1 = 6*

__CODA:__

Poetry is, indeed, a dying language, because it is increasingly and perpetually being systematically and subtly character-assassinated by the black magick algorithms of the Ghost in the Culture Machine.

Poetry is, indeed, never a dead language, because, luckily for us who still care, it is a disembodied spirit, and therefor incapable of physical death as we understand the concept.