7)If it’s too simple it’s boring
6)If it’s too complicated it’s chaotic
5)If it’s the right degree of complicated you see the simple rules behind the complexity but your mind is overwhelmed by multiple ways those simple rules generate forms.
4)Like life itself
3)Wallace Stevens says the poem must resist the intelligence almost successfuly. This experience of the mind’s power on the brink of being overwhelmed is the only experience of transcendence we ever have. So we should be happy with it.
2)Like life itself
1)How can you tell the difference between being overwhelmed by complexity and just being confused?
0)If you find that the effort to overcome the complexity outside yourself and reduce it to simple rules creates a functional harmony within yourself, you’re good.