Mathematician-poet Marion Cohen has a new poetry collection just out -- The Project of Being Alive. Here is a sample from that collection, a poem that highlights her relationship with mathematics:
Statement by Marion Deutsche Cohen
A good teacher is supposed to teach students, not subjects.
But I teach math.
Whoever the students, math is the subject.
If there were no students I’d probably still teach my subject.
I’d teach and I’d learn
all by myself.
Echoing Marion's thoughts, I think that many of us who love mathematics and/or love poetry, enjoy the challenge of reading and rereading -- and struggling to absorb difficult ideas.