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Poetry with Mathematics -- Anthologies

More than thirty years ago at a mathematics conference book exhibit I stumbled upon *Against Infinity: An Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry*, edited by Ernest Robson and Jet Wimp. This collection, now out of print, became a resource for my mathematics courses--an opportunity for students to see the links between mathematics and the surrounding world. One of my early loves was "Arithmetic Lesson: Infinity" by Linda Pastan. Found also in *Carnival Evening*, the poem opens with these these lines:
Picture a parade of numbers: 1
the sentry, out in front;
dependent, monogamous 2;
3 that odd man out, that 1 too many
always trying to break into line.
*Against Infinity* introduced me to the work of Miroslav Holub (mentioned in an earlier posting). Also I was charmed by Bernhard Frank's "Infinity":
C C
H S H
A N A
I I
Used copies of this collection are rare--but look for it in a library. It offers great variety and includes poems (such as Frank's, above) that I have not found elsewhere.
There are also other fine anthologies of poetry with mathematics. These include:
* Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics* (A K Peters, 2008). I am a co-editor of this collection, aide to Sarah Glaz, a mathematician (and poet) at the University of Connecticut.
* Imagination's Other Place: Poems of Science and Mathematics* (Thomas Y Crowell, 1955), edited by Helen Plotz.
* Verse & Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics* (Milkweed Editions, 1998), edited by Kurt Brown.
**Additional math-poetry resources may be found** in my online paper "Mathematics in Poetry" or in these print-journal articles: "Mathematics Influences Poetry" in the March 2008 issue of *Journal of Mathematics and the Arts* and "What Poetry Is Found in Mathematics? What Possibilities Exist for Its Translation" in the December 2009 issue of *The Mathematical Intelligencer*. Readers who do not have access to these articles may contact me to request a PDF copy. With your request please include a brief description of the nature of your interests in the connections for mathematics and poetry.
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