Negative Poetry is an experiment in language, part of an ongoing research into creative processes, language and the concept of Origin. The work centers around the entanglement of matter and meaning by focusing on the intriguing and paradoxical concept of zero - that which is both something and nothing at the same time.
The idea for this work comes from the mathematical concept of approaching zero and the concept of cancellation where -n and n result in 0. In calculus, if we want to find the value of an essentially indeterminate form - zero - we try to approximate it by finding its ‘nearby’ values. We can thus approach zero from positive and/or negative direction and the resulting limit of each equation approaches different infinities (∞ and-∞) as it gets closer and closer to 0. The key question is can the same be applied to natural language?