Friday, October 23, 2015

JMM Seattle, 1-7-16 -- Poetry+Math+Art

 Read your mathy poems in Seattle!
An invitation to participate -- in January!  Read on!

 ANNOUNCING Poetry + Art + Math
 January 7, 2016, Thursday, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm.
Room 608, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle 
     At the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) organized by Gizem Karaali, Pomona College; 
Lawrence M. Lesser, University of Texas at El Paso; and Douglas Norton, Villanova University. 

     In each of the last few years, attendees at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings have enjoyed eclectic poetry readings. This year’s poetry reading will be augmented by a guest lecture by Seattle mathematical artist/poet Michael Schultheis.  Schultheis’s art will be displayed during the session. All who are interested in mathematical poetry and/or mathematical art are invited. Come to share your poetry or simply enjoy the poetry-art-math! 
 Submit in advance and be part of the printed program!
     Though we do not discourage last-minute decisions to participate, we invite and encourage poets to submit poetry (no more than three poems, no longer than five minutes) and a bio in advance—and, as a result, be listed on our printed program. Inquiries and submissions (by December 1, 2015) may be made to Gizem Karaali via email (Gizem dot Karaali at pomona dot edu). Sponsors for this event include the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics and SIGMAA-ARTS

     On the theme of poetry for mathematicians, I offer this sample abecedarian poem and this link to my posting on 13 November 2011 that contains a list of poems about mathematicians.

 I know a mathematician . . .     by JoAnne Growney

     always busy
     counting, doubting
     every figured guess,
     haply idling,
     juggling, knowing
     logic, measure, n-dimensions,
     playful quests,
     resolutely seeking theorems,
     unknowns vanish :
     wrong xs, ys -- zapped.

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