Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Poetry at JMM -- in Boston 6-Jan-2012

Call for Submissions:
     The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics will host a reading of poetry-with-mathematics on Friday, January 6, 5-7 PM in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings. Reading organizers include JHM editors, Gizem Karaali and Mark Huber, and poetry-math blogger, JoAnne Growney.  Although the reading is open to all, without pre-selected readers, we will prepare a written program of poets who submit their work by our December 1 deadline. Both mathematician-poets and others who use mathematics in their poems are invited to submit.

     Send (prior to December 1, 2011) via e-mail, to Gizem Karaali up to 3 poems that involve mathematics (in content or structure, or both)  -- no more than 3 pages -- and a 25 word bio. From these submissions, a written program of titles and bios will be prepared. We anticipate about 5 minutes available for each reader but a large (or small) number of submissions may temper this somewhat. When scheduled readers have completed their presentations, there will be an Open Reading -- and interested persons present (in Room 302 of Hynes Convention Center) will be invited to read.

From 20 Years Ago    
     In celebration of past poetry at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, I invite you to enjoy a poem by Florentin Smarandache.from "An Evening of Mathematical Poetry"  at JMM in Baltimore on January 10, 1992.

The Majestic Oak
Strong in Math          by Florentin Smarandache

Innocent, diaphanous        
The Spring presents itself        
As the exam . . .         

Young carnations         
Bashfully as pupils         
And ivory butterflies         
Students in biology         
Strong in math         
The majestic oak         
Keeps it arms raised         
The white bindweed         
Gets its flower diploma        


  1. I have two. I'm trying to figure out how to make it to Boston.

  2. I have many, being a Geometry teacher who writes about her students/classes a lot, but yes, Greeneville, TN is far too far from Boston.