The science behind the poetry
This poetry portrays a scientific sense of space that is new in English poetics.
The 20th Century was marked by American space exploration and the Comet poems contained in this volume broadcast this original knowledge. As an example, look at the phrasing:
The slight demise of comets,
The cements slip away.
Ion exhalations tail off...
In usual day
We act as if no visitant
Came through our cone of night
And took away some life
And left perceptual insight.
Each sphere - planet or moon - casts a cone of shadow away from the star that shines on it.
The comet has been clarified as a process: the conglomerate gas and dust stowed as cosmic ice is sheered down each time it orbits the sun, by friction.
And Hale-Bopp had the distinction of having a cult commit mass suicide as it went by, remember?
This is all said in 37 words, as if it were common knowledge; which it is, for the first time in human history, due to modern science.
The poetry, literally, defines the "circumstances of the world," as Yeats said.
Viruses are alive, and can be beneficial or detrimental according to other balances in the body. In cancer cells the growth principle runs wild; within creaturehood each of the species has its place, and if one multiplies out of its proper order then all life and the body of earth itself comes into peril.
When women give birth in a crowded world they also know, and with a portion of their conscious minds, that a violation is involved. When
your species sees that it is destroying other species and disrupting the natural balance, then it is consciously aware of its violation. When such natural guilt is not faced there are other mechanisms that must be employed.
Many of your problems result from the fact that you do not accept the responsibility of your own consciousness. It is meant to assess the reality that is unconsciously formed in direct replica of your thoughts