On January 30, the wonderful and versatile poet, Linda Pastan (1932-2023) died. Here at the Poetry Foundation website is a brief bio of Pastan along with ninety-six of her poems -- including the mathy poems "Arithmetic Lesson: Infinity" and "Counting Backwards". This link leads to previous mentions of Pastan and her work in tis blog. And below, one of my favorites of her poems, "Algebra" -- which I also posted at this link back in November, 2013.
Algebra by Linda Pastan
I used to solve equations easily.
If train A left Sioux Falls
at nine o'clock, traveling
at a fixed rate,
I knew when it would meet train B.
Now I wonder if the trains will crash;
or else I picture naked limbs
through Pullman windows, each
a small vignette of longing.