Thursday, November 2, 2023

Upcoming AMS Math-Poetry Contest

 Middle School Students

High School Students

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Share YOUR POEMS via the 2024 Math-Poetry Contest

sponsored by the American Mathematical Society

Submit between November 27, 2023 and February 1, 2024

Detailed instructions for contest entries are found AT THIS LINK!  

Videos and written copies of previous winning poems are available

The following poem is one that I wrote years and years ago
as I considered and compared
the beauty (and usefulness) of both mathematics and poetry.

     Mathematics and Poetry Are Beautiful

            Each one I meet I ask, " do you
            find mathematics beautiful
            or useful?"  All answer, "Useful,
            I use math every day."  My eyes
            reveal that I want proof, and each
            goes on to tell that she subtracts
            to keep her checkbook, and sometimes
            multiplies to find the size
            of carpet for the dining room.

            If I, instead, would say, "Do you
            find beauty or utility
            in poetry?" would each person say,
            "It's useful.  I use it every day>"
            For proof would she go on to tell
            that rhymes help her remember
            the number of days each month --
            like "Thirty hath September"--
            and spellings of words with "i" and "e".

            Some day utilitarians
            will join with me to see
            beauty in mathematics --
            and in poetry.                                                 by JoAnne Growney

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