*Heart to Heart*, (Edited by Jan Greenberg; Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2001), a beautifully presented and illustrated anthology of poems inspired by American art. Enjoy!

Frank Stella. Madinat as Salam III 1971. Acrylic on canvas |

St. Louis poet Constance Levy is an acclaimed author of children's poetry -- I found her poem "Madinat as Salam" (included below) in the collection, *Heart to Heart*, (Edited by Jan Greenberg; Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2001), a beautifully presented and illustrated anthology of poems inspired by American art. Enjoy!

Frank Stella. Madinat as Salam III 1971. Acrylic on canvas |

The puzzle of **nothing** actually being **something** is central to our use of numbers -- and I use it today as an excuse to link to a Bob Dylan song and celebrate his recent Nobel prize. Below I offer one (the 3rd, of six) of the stanzas of "Too Much of Nothing" -- followed by a link to the complete lyrics. (And for those readers seeking other poems of **nothing**, here is a link to blog poetry from 2011 about division by zero, this link leads to making something of nothing . . . and this link leads to several **nothing** links -- it was found via a blog search using the search term "zero.")

from** Too Much of Nothing ** by Bob Dylan

Too much of nothing

Can make a man abuse a king

He can walk the streets and boast like most

But he wouldn’t know a thing

Now, it’s all been done before

It’s all been written in the book

But when there’s too much of nothing

Nobody should look

Here is a link to the complete lyrics of "Too Much of Nothing." Enjoy.

from

Too much of nothing

Can make a man abuse a king

He can walk the streets and boast like most

But he wouldn’t know a thing

Now, it’s all been done before

It’s all been written in the book

But when there’s too much of nothing

Nobody should look

Here is a link to the complete lyrics of "Too Much of Nothing." Enjoy.

This blog adds some poetry to the celebratory fare -- here is a link (from a 2011 posting) to a poem

Robert Dawson, a mathematician and poet from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is wide-ranging in the mathematics that he includes in poetry. Here is a link to my posting of his "Statistical Lament." Still others may be found with a SEARCH using the poet's name.

Dawson's poem below is motivated by chaos and period doublings -- and their patterns -- a complicated system that, under certain conditions approaches a number called Feigenbaum's constant. (Mitchell Feigenbaum is a mathematical physicist who did pioneering work in chaos theory. "Feigenbaum" is a German surname meaning "Fig Tree" -- hence the title of the poem.) Probably you will want to read the poem aloud to get a feel for the rhythmic patterns -- and chaos -- that Dawson has designed for us.

**Fig Tree Rag ** (*after Scott Joplin*) by Robert Dawson

The music drifts across the room:

from clarinet and saxophone

a sliding stream of melody,

piano chords beneath it, and

upon the cymbal and the snare

the drummer paints a lazy beat

with wire brushes, regular

and cool and uninflected as

a music teacher’s metronome.

Dawson's poem below is motivated by chaos and period doublings -- and their patterns -- a complicated system that, under certain conditions approaches a number called Feigenbaum's constant. (Mitchell Feigenbaum is a mathematical physicist who did pioneering work in chaos theory. "Feigenbaum" is a German surname meaning "Fig Tree" -- hence the title of the poem.) Probably you will want to read the poem aloud to get a feel for the rhythmic patterns -- and chaos -- that Dawson has designed for us.

The music drifts across the room:

from clarinet and saxophone

a sliding stream of melody,

piano chords beneath it, and

upon the cymbal and the snare

the drummer paints a lazy beat

with wire brushes, regular

and cool and uninflected as

a music teacher’s metronome.

Here, by Voltaire, is a poem about mathematician/scientist Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749) -- who explained Newton's physics but was not remembered for her own work as she should have been.

**At this link**, one may begin to learn about du Châtelet's many contributions.

** The Divine Émilie ** by Voltaire (1694-1778)

Here's a portrait of my Émilie:

She's both a beauty and a friend to me.

Her keen imagination is always in bloom.

Her noble mind brightens every room.

She's possessed of charm and wit,

Though sometimes shows too much of it.

She has, I assure you, a genius rare.

With Horace and Newton, she can compare.

Yet, she will sit for hours and hours

With people who bore her

And card-playing gamblers.

Here's a portrait of my Émilie:

She's both a beauty and a friend to me.

Her keen imagination is always in bloom.

Her noble mind brightens every room.

She's possessed of charm and wit,

Though sometimes shows too much of it.

She has, I assure you, a genius rare.

With Horace and Newton, she can compare.

Yet, she will sit for hours and hours

With people who bore her

And card-playing gamblers.

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Today I celebrate British partnership with Romanian poetry!

One of the internet treasures I have found is to
The Contemporary Literature Press, under The University of Bucharest,

in conjunction with The British Council, The Romanian Cultural Institute,

and The Embassy of Ireland.

We publish poetry, fiction, drama and criticism, in the original and in translation,

whether English or Romanian.

We are a well-fused group of staff and graduate students,

very enthusiastic about our work.

This particular link from

Have you seen the way the day grows

around you, neither perpendicular

nor horizontal—

News last month from UC Berkeley's School of Information described a computer that writes poetry. In particular, it writes sonnets. This article describes in much detail the creation of several sonnet stanzas. This link offers the winner in Dartmouth's 2016 PoetiX sonnet-generation competition -- in which Berkeley earned a second. Here, from an article in *Slate*, is an example of what Berkeley's generator produced:

Kindred pens my path lies where a flock of

feast in natures mysteries an adept

you are my songs my soft skies shine above

love after my restless eyes I have kept.

Kindred pens my path lies where a flock of

feast in natures mysteries an adept

you are my songs my soft skies shine above

love after my restless eyes I have kept.

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