When writing a poem on a topic about which I feel strongly, I often like to use constraints -- such as patterns of syllable-counts or rhymes -- to help me to process my ideas carefully. A recent post by mathematician-poet Marian Christie does a delightful job of showing how the square can be used to shape very fine poems. Here is a link to Christie's post, "Mathematical forms in poetry: Square poems" -- a posting which includes examples of acrostic poems and grid poems, palindromes, Latin squares and visual poetry.
Below I offer one of Christie's own poems, "Earth Geometry" -- a poem that involves the square and the cube in its structure and thereby relates to ancient theories of matter and to a more current belief that the cube is a basic structure of the earth. (View Christie's full explanation here.)
|A poem by Marian Christie, found here with lots of other squares|