A new door has opened for those of us interested in the humanistic aspects of mathematics. Under the able leadership of editors Mark Huber (Claremont McKenna College) and Gizem Karaali (Pomona College), the idea of the former Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal has been revived and Volume 1 Issue 1 of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics is now available online. The inaugural issue contains several poems, including the following one by Caleb Emmons, "Seeing Pine Trees," in which Emmons characterizes the views of a poet and a mathematician as two halves of one whole.
Emmons' poem is available at the HMJ link as are poems by Robin Chapman (see January 18 and February 10 postings) and Philip Holmes. In addition, an article by James Henle -- "Is (Some) Mathematics Poetry?" -- offers examples of mathematical patterns that Henle proposes as poems.
Here is a synopsis of Henle's article:
It is often said that mathematics resembles poetry.
We argue that some works of mathematics are in fact poetry.
We support this with one classic mathematical "poem" and six modern attempts.
We urge readers to try their hand at this genre.