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Poetry heard at JMM

In Boston on Friday evening, January 6, at the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings, these folks gathered and read -- for a delighted audience in Room 312 of Hynes Convention Center -- some poems of mathematics.
Poets who submitted work in advance and were on the "Poetry with Mathematics" program included:
**Jacqueline Lapidus**, **Judith Johnson**, **Rosanna Iembo** (accompanied by the violin of her daughter **Irene Iaccarino**), **Charlotte Henderson**, **Carol Dorf** (read by **Elizabeth Langosy**), **Sandra Coleman**, **Marion Cohen**, **Tatiana Bonch** (read by **John Hiigli**), **Harry Baker** (via video presented by reading organizer **Gizem Karaali -- **an editor of the online *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics*, which sponsored the the reading), and **JoAnne Growney** (also an organizer of the reading).
Participants during an "open reading" included:
**Mary Buchinger**, **Chris Caragianis**, **Rip Coleman**, **Seth Goldberg,** **Joshua Holden**, **Ann Perbohner**, **Pedro Poitevin**, and **Jason Samuels**.
I look forward to ongoing connections with these fine poets and to the possibility of obtaining permissions to offer their work here in my blog. Several have contributed to previous postings: Sandra Coleman, Marion Cohen, and Jacqueline Lapidus.
In closing, an abecedarian poem (different than the one I offered at the January 6 reading) that celebrates mathematics:
** ABC** by JoAnne Growney
Axes beget coordinates,
dutifully expressing
functions, graphs,
helpful in justifications,
keeping legendary mathematics
new or peculiarly quite rational
so that understanding's visual
with x, y, z.

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