Do I think poetry is a better way of “knowing” than others?
Not at all. I don't even think “knowing” is a better way of knowing than others hahaha...
Like, sitting on... or crumpling... or smoking... or computing... all these are also modes of access to things.
This is a super flat epistemology, this OOO! It's exactly opposed to epistemism of all kinds. Graham Harman has been working on this for a little bit recently.
Epistemism is where you think knowing is the top level of access to things.
I think art is “in front” of philosophy. That doesn't mean poems tell you more about what things are than “science” (whatever that is), or licking things.
Is it because I write kinda poetically? Or maybe it's because I use poems as analogies for other things? Is that maybe why you might think I think poems are more realistic than patterns in cloud diffusion chambers?
In a way, “poem” just means “result of a certain praxis.” Poem is something that happens in the causal realm.