from Richard P. Feynman Lecture: Broken Symmetries
by A. Van JordanSymmetry walks between two worlds. To the hands it tries to touch us from either side; to the feet it simply wants us not to stumble but to saunter. ... We believe that love is equal to hate but nothing is perfectly symmetric. ... Why, for example, does the earth orbit elliptically, as if these old hands had drawn the path, instead of following an elegant circle?
from Princeton Cafeteria by A. Van Jordan
1949, Princeton has recently admitted its first group of black students, four in number
If A plus B = B plus A,
A and B bear the ability to add up:
why isn't race always commutative?
Take this cafeteria, filled with fresh
minds, ready to embark on mastering
math, science, and the arts but the art
of conversation across race evades
these stars of society's future. ...
To browse work by poets featured in previous observances of "Black History Month," here's a link to follow.