Can you give a reference to the Architecture paper? I'm researching around this at the moment.
> a prime example of the human mind finding connections between random data points
This is what poetry is working with. Calling it a "figment of your imagination" belies how powerful our imagination is in how we live. Seeing Jesus in burnt toast is a testament to the power of the image of Jesus in the viewers unconscious. Otherwise you may interpret it as Chuck Norris. Similarly people don't tend to go to war on the basis of a personal cost-benefit analysis, they think of Duty, Valour, Heroism, and Patriotism.
Poems are not literal representations. They evoke feelings that are concretely "real" in our lives, but cannot be indexed directly with words.