Sunday, October 21, 2012

Seeking math-poets -- JMM, SanDiego 1-11-13

Call for Readers:
     The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics will host a reading of poetry-with-mathematics at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) on Friday, January 11, 5 - 7 PM in Room 3, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center.  If you wish to attend the reading and participate, please send,  by December 1, 2012 (via e-mail, to Gizem Karaali (gizem.karaali@pomona.edu)) up to 3 poems that involve mathematics (in content or structure, or both) -- no more than 3 pages -- and a 25 word bio.

     Math-poet and editor Charlotte Henderson was a participant in the 2012 JMM reading in Boston and prepared an article about the reading for the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.  Her article begins with this cento  -- a poem formed of phrases from a selection of the poems in that that reading:

Together we combine to become twice what 60 could ever be.
The same ghost looked into my eyes.
Also, the center of the circle is inside the circle.
There is no way to draw a line, other than a border line,
A language as precise as poetry to delineate universe and being,
Deceptive as one over n as n goes to infinity, summed.
The world is a complex system
not defined by any voice factored out of my voicelessness,
the hypotenuse of course is the man who came between us
doubting every figured guess,
so, inductively, all of God’s natural numbers fail.


     The poem above contains lines or phrases from several pieces presented at “A Reading of Poetry with Mathematics” on Friday, January 6, 2012, during the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, MA. In the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, sources of the individual lines are found here (in Henderson's article), and a complete selection of the poems presented at the reading are included here.

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