Friday, April 3, 2015

Mathematics and poetry -- are the same ! ! !

Last week the Art Works Blog posted an interview with mathematician, poet, and translator, Enriqueta Carrington.  You will want to follow the link and read the whole thing.  Here is a paragraph:

quoting Enriqueta Carrington:
Mathematics and poetry are the same thing,
 or one is a translation of the other.

Well, perhaps that is an overstatement; 
but both math and poetry are about beautiful patterns, 
about creating, gazing at, and sharing them, 
and about appreciating those created by others.
It is not necessary to be a great mathematician or a great poet 
to enjoy this beauty, as I can tell you from my own experience.

Several years ago, at a time near the beginning of this poetry-math blog, in the posting for April 8, 2010, is a pantoum by Carrington.  And here is another of hers, this time a Fibonacci poem -- whose lines increase in word-count that matches the first eight Fibonacci numbers:  1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21.

Fibonacci’s Nightmare     by Enriqueta Carringon

of bunnies
could never harm
anything, if we allow them
to hop out to freedom in the wild;

wilderness is resilient, and one couple is no more than two adorable little
rabbits who deserve liberty; their eyes are so big, their noses so wiggly and they are so sweet, cuddly, and lustful.         

Previous postings of Fibonacci-count poems include April 19, 2010, April 29, 2010, October 31, 2010, and August 31, 2012.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I'll be keeping my eye out for her poetry and her translations.

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