Friday, September 13, 2019

"Creation Myth on a Moebius Band"

Found at this site, several MINIMS -- brief,thought-provoking poems by Howard Nemerov (1920-1991).  This one deftly uses the mathematical Moebius Band:

          Creation Myth on a Moebius Band    by Howard Nemerov

          This world’s just mad enough to have been made
          By the Being His beings into Being prayed.

This poet frequently used mathematics in his poems.  Here is a link to previous Nemerov postings in this blog.


  1. Thanks for getting me reading Nemerov. Adam and Eve in Later Life is amazing. Is Minim his own term? I can't find rules for it anywhere.

    1. Also Figures of Thought... for another amazing math poem.

    2. My own speculation is that the term MINIM is Nemerov's invention -- but I have not researched the term.

    3. "Figures of Thought" by Nemerov is also part of an anthology of math poems -- "Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics" -- and available at Amazon and lots of other booksellers.

    4. on my wishlist. I definitely should have noticed this before.