from Squaring the Circle by Philip Fried
It's a little-known fact that God's headgear --
A magician's collapsible silk top hat,
When viewed from Earth, from the bottom up
Is, sub specie aeternitatis,
A pluperfect halo, both circle and square,
. . .
Mathematical language can heighten the imagery of a poem; mathematical structure can deepen its effect. Feast here on an international menu of poems made rich by mathematical ingredients . . . . . . . gathered by JoAnne Growney.