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,
helpful in justifications,
keeping legendary mathematics
new or peculiarly quite rational
so that understanding's visual
with x, y, z.