The Annual BRIDGES Math-Art
Conference will be virtual again this year (August 2-6, 2021) and
mathematician-poet Sarah Glaz has developed an online array of poets and
poetry to be part of this program. Bios and sample poems are already available here.
Participating poets include: Marian Christie, Carol Dorf, Susan Gerofsky. David Greenslade, Emily Grosholz, JoAnne Growney, Lisa Lajeunesse, Marco Lucchesi, Mike Naylor, Osmo Pekonen, Tom Petsinis, Eveline Pye, Any Uyematsu, Ursula Whitcher -- and, also, these open-mike participants: Susana Sulic, S. Brackert Robertson, Stephen Wren, Marion Deutsche Cohen, Connie Tetteborn, Jacob Richardson, Robin Chapman. Stephanie Strickland. (Bios and sample poems here.)
Here is a sample from the BRIDGES poetry program:Give my greetings to all those
whose knowledge is secret,
Paracelsus, Swedenborg, and Elberfeld's numerate horses,
who extract a root and raise to a power,
calculate streaming numbers with their clever hooves, not their heads –
for the body knows everything,
but a learned head has a nail in it.
Say philosophy is loneliness and a dead body
copulating with reason and the baby is
a discourse on method and an imaginary quantity.
fast horses race over a dying France
and their hooves drum a hidden knowledge
on the Cartesian temple-bone.
Today I'm one with them.
Note: Influential Finnish poet and dramatist, Eeva-Liisa Manner (1921–1995), made a breakthrough in 1956 with the publication of her poetry collection Tämä matka[This journey], which includes the poem “Descartes”. Deeply critical of the intellectual climate of her times, Manner looked to the primitive innocence of ancient cultures as a source of renewal.