Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Poetry Reading 1-11-15 at JMM in San Antonio

You are invited to a poetry reading 
sponsored by the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics
Gonzalez Convention Center   Room 205  San Antonio, Texas
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

     All poets who write of mathematics and all who are interested in mathematical poetry are invited. Join the gathering to share poems and to enjoy the company of like-minded poetic-math people!  The reading is sponsored by the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics  and will be hosted by Gizem Karaali and Larry Lesser.    
     Although last-minute decisions to participate are possible -- you may simply show up and sign up to read -- we invite and encourage poets to submit poetry (≤ 3 poems, ≤ 5 minutes) and a bio in advance, and, as a result, be listed on our printed program. Inquiries and submissions (by December 1, 2014) may be made to Gizem Karaali (

     San Antonio is a wonderful city for a January convention.  I have been there for JMM twice, including January 1993 when it was announced that the billionth digit in the decimal expansion of  π is 9.  In 2013, calculation of  π to more than 12 trillion digits was achieved. The following poem came from my time at the 1993 math meetings.

     A Taste of Mathematics     by JoAnne Growney

     A mathematician left the convention
     focused on 9, the digit that sits
     in the billionth decimal place of pi,
     ratio of circumference to width
     of the yellow circle that parted the clouds
     as she strolled down Commerce Street
     to the Rio Rio Café for lunch and a beer.

     On fire with jalapeños
     she went shopping
     for a souvenir.
     She bought earrings —
     red-red plastic peppers
     with green stems.

     She said, "Hot peppers
     are like mathematics —
     with strong flavor
     that takes over
     what they enter."

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