We know that in science the truth can only be demonstrated in an exclusive way, that is, that only what is false can be demonstrated. It becomes impossible to prove that something is true without the help of persuasion. Karl Popper came to affirm it at the time.
Contrary to what happens with science, poetry does not deceive. Either it is sublime or it is not poetry. Perhaps that is why Jaime Gil de Biedma was a true poet who continues to live today transformed into a poem. Something like this comes to tell us Carlo Frabetti in his latest novel entitled terrible angel (West Indies Books), where he presents us with an enigma whose solution appears included in the enigma itself. It is one of those charades that the Italian mathematician loves so much, a logical and absurd game with which Frabetti plunges us into a cyclical journey similar to a Moebius strip that, along its journey, identifies with that sextina that Jaime Gil de Biedma composed and which he titled apology and petition and that can be read in this link.
Based on this poetic recreation, Carlo Frabetti entangles us in a game that transports us to “Libersespace”, an alternative space-time that has existed long before the formation of cyberspace; an infinite scope that forms a network woven with words. Because as Frabetti says, everything that is named exists, at least in books, and it is with the emergence of computing in our reality that books merge into the network, in that virtual kingdom where not only viruses grow, but also where poets also go when they die to become poems; verses of major art, normally hendecasyllabic, which become sextinas. There is a nod to Hans Moravec (1948) in all this and his book mechanical man, where the Austrian researcher presents us with cyberspace as an alternative space inhabited by beings that reproduce just like living beings.
Carlo Frabetti was already introduced to poetic recreation with a previous book entitled the dark troubadour, where Arnaut Daniel appears, the troubadour who was considered a very high poet in his time and who created the sextina, whose numerical order is contained in a talisman that represents “the variety and continuity of what exists”. The amulet is called wafq majazi, which is nothing more than a Latin square, the origin of Sudoku, a puzzle whose solution requires more than the use of logic, since it is necessary to reveal the inner mystery that encloses the order of numbers. . For this, no one more suitable than the intimate detective created by Frabetti, capable of revealing the most hidden impulses as well as the darkest corners of his clientele.
To solve this case, the intimate detective turns to the help of the relationship between numbers and literature. There’s a reason Frabetti is a mathematician and a narrator in equal measure. If you do a little research, if you google the terms that appear here and delve into the dimension of cyberspace, we can show that everything said here is true. As true as the sextina by Jaime Gil de Biedma titled apology and petition It is a poem that does not lie.
the stone ax It is a section where Montero Glez, with a desire for prose, exercises his particular siege of scientific reality to show that science and art are complementary forms of knowledge.
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