The theme at Stillwater was Nature/Agriculture and my 5 August post included poems from conference organizer Clark and featured reader Kasdorf -- poems that involved both nature and mathematics. Although found in Kasdorf's opening poem, "Double the Digits," mathematics was scarce. Sheryl St. Germain, the final reader (currently a Pittsburgher, transplanted from New Orleans) briefly mentions computation and measurement in her "Hurricane Season ." The full poem is available through St Germain's website; here is one of its stanzas.
Those unacquainted with destruction
ask for wind speeds, amount of rainfall,
degree of movement. A plotting,
a computation of the destruction.
Because of my Honda's battery failure (a death that occurred along the scenic Susquehanna, in Bloomsburg's Town Park and was followed by a timely visit from Mausteller's Service Center's rescue van, representing AAA) I did not arrive at the festival in time for the open reading. Keeping in mind the Nature/Agriculture theme, I had planned to read "Pennsylvania Farm View" and "The Bear Cave" and, if there was time, this "factoring" poem.
geese go south
nights long tea steeps
snowdrifts grow ponds freeze
toboggans slide down hillsides
oaks sleep ice gilds spring waits
sun afar wood-fires flame
groundhogs hibernate winds howl
sun glows raspberries ripen
catbird sings iris blooms
days long streams rush jays scream
holiday picnics catch flies
crickets chirp wheat thrives
tomato plants climb
hay dries tea’s iced
The numbers of syllables in the phrases of this poem follow patterns of factorization of the integers from 1 to 10, then 10 to 1, into prime factors 2, 3, and 5. For example, line six has phrases of three syllables and two syllables, using factorization 6 = 3 • 2. Line eight has three phrases with two syllables, using 8 = 2 • 2 • 2.