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The Bridges 2020 Poetry Anthology, celebrating 10 years of mathematical poetry readings at Bridges, is edited by Bridges poetry readings coordinator, Sarah Glaz, and features poems by Bridges 2020 as well as by past Bridges conferences invited poets. Printed in color, with a cover design and image by Kerry Mitchell, it is available world-wide through LULU.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bridges 2020 conference that was scheduled to be held in Helsinki in August, became virtual. In lieu of the usual mathematical poetry reading featured at past Bridges conferences, the Bridges poets offered recorded videos of their readings. Those were collected by Sarah Glaz, along with more information about the poets, and appear at Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading.
Mike Bartholomew Biggs
Mike Bartholomew Biggs' poem, "Ekphrasis in an Essex Sculpture Garden," appeared in the October 2019 issue of The Blue Nib.
Tatiana Bonch Osmolovskaya
Tatiana Bonch Osmolovskaya's poetry book in
Russian language, Along the Fox Trails, appeared with Free
Poetry Press in 2020. The book is available in bookstores
and libraries in Moscow and online from the publisher.
Tatiana Bonch Osmolovskaya's paper, "Minoan artifacts, avant-garde games and Mayakovsky's children's letter," appearing in Knife in August 2020, covers the history of spiral shaped poems from ancient times to the present. Originally written in Russian, it can be read in English using Google Translator.
Robin Chapman's poem, "Pandemic Math: X and Y Axes appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer.
Robin Chapman's poetry book, The Only Home We Know, appeared with Tebot Bach in 2019. The poems invoke the connectivity of the natural world to reveal a wholeness at the heart of things that helps us overcome the local and global disasters that daily assail us.
Marian Christie's poem, "Crochet appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of the fib review.
Marian Christie's poem, "Tessellations appeared in the March 2020 issue of The Ekphrastic Review.
Marian Christie's poem, "Limen appeared in the March 2020 issue of Amethyst Review.
Marian Christie's poem, "The mangoes of my childhood fell from trees appeared in the December 2019 issue of Allegro Poetry Magazine.
Marion Deutsche Cohen
Marion Deutsche Cohen's poetry collection, Not Erma Bombeck: Diary of a Feminist 70's Mother, appeared with Alien Buddha Press in 2020. The poems respond to the polarity between two activities Marion was engaged in during the 70s: raising young children and being active in the Philadelphia women's movement.
Marion Deutsche Cohen's collection of mathematical limericks, "A Factor of Minus One," appeared in June, 2020 in The Disappointed Housewife.
Marion Deutsche Cohen's poetry collection, The Essence of Seventh Grade: A Sort of Autobiography, appeared with Alien Buddha Press in 2020. Its theme is title-explanatory, and much of Marion's math autobiography is in there.
Marion Deutsche Cohen's paper, "On Not Teaching Addition: A Homeschooling Parent Teaches and Researches Math," appearing in Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, in January 2020, discusses math and motherhood issues.
Marion Deutsche Cohen's poetry collection, The Discontinuity at the Waistline: My #Me Too Poems, appearing with Rhythm & Bones Press in 2019, focuses on everyday micro-aggressions many women face throughout their lives.
Carol Dorf' poem, "Our dictator," appeared with New Verse News on August, 2020.
Carol Dorf's poems, "Latkes" and "Bitter honey," appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of The Reform Jewish Quarterly.
Carol Dorf's poems, "In the Sense of Remaining Grounded" and "Truth and Reconciliation," appeared in Unlikely Stories Mark V, in March 2020.
Carol Dorf's poem, "Peligrosa," appeared in Poemeleon in 2020.
Carol Dorf's poems, "This Room" and "Hold Time" appeared in Mom Egg Review in April, 2020.
Carol Dorf's poem, "Do Not Be Alarmed," appeared in Maintenant in June 2020.
Carol Dorf's poetry chapbook, Given, published with Origami Poems Project in 2020, contains six poems meditating on that which is given to us at birth and then time takes it away.
Carol Dorf's poem, ""Mother, Can You Explain?," appeared in The Mom Egg In 2019.
Carol Dorf's poem, "Borders & Boundaries appeared in *82 Review in 2019.
Carol Dorf's poem, "Categorize the Categories," appeared in the anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, published by Great Weather For Media in 2019.
Carol Dorf's poem, "I forgot the turnkey to the void appeared in Redheaded Stepchild in 2019.
Carol Dorf's poem, "Ask for a universe and what do you get?" appeared in Maintenant in 2019.
Susan Gerofsky's paper, "Two New Combinatoric Poetry Forms: Braided Bellringing PH4 Poems & Anagrammatic, Anglo Saxon-Inspired Poems," appearing in the Proceedings of Bridges 2020, introduces and discusses two new poetic forms based on permutations.
Susan Gerofsky's play, Kepler:: A Renaissance Folk Play in Verse, appearing in the Spring 2019 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer is based on Kepler's life and work.
Sarah Glaz's poems, "Archimedes" and "Since time is a dense substance impossible to alter," appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of The Hudson Review.
"Among practitioners of Cossike Arte," a poem-collage pair (poem by Sarah Glaz, collage by Mark Sanders) from the collaborative project "Imagine Invited" conceived by David Greenslade, appeared in the Bridges 2020 Art Exhibit and Catalog.
Sarah Glaz's paper, "Enheduanna: Princess, Priestess, Poet and Mathematician" appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of The Mathematical Intellingencer. The paper includes translations of several of Enheduanna's temple hymns that shed light on the early history of Mesopotamian mathematics.
Sarah Glaz's poetry folder, "A selection of poems from Ode to Numbers," appearing in the January 2019 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, includes 7 poems inspired by the history of mathematics, which were previously published in her poetry collection Ode to Numbers (Antrim House, 2017).
Infinite Cilia (Colacao "O Amor Pelas Palavras") by John Welson and David Greenslade, published by Floriano Martins at Abraxas Press (Brazil) in July 2020, is a collection of collaborative surrealist poems and accompanying visual analogies responding to the social and political taboos imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
On March 2019, at the New York City Poets House, Emily Grosholz was interviewed by author and critic Edward Rothstein about her recent book, Great Circles: The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry, (Springer, 2018). The interview entitled, "Figures of Speech and Figures of Thought," appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer.
"Yeats' Poetics," Emily Grosholz's English translation of Yves Bonnefoy's "La Poetique de Yeats," appeared in Yves Bonnefoy, edited by Stephen Romer, Anthony Rudolf and John Naughton (Carcanet, 2020).
The workshop paper, "How to use prime numbers and periodicity to write a poem," by Emily Grosholz and Sarah Glaz, appearing in the Proceedings of Bridges 2019, discusses the uses of periodicity and The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic in the construction of poems.
Emily Grosholz's poems, "Blue," "South," "What Lyell wrote about geology," and "Surprising facts about bees," appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of The Hudson Review.
In November 2019, at a villa near Venice, a concert where 8 of the poems from Emily Grosholz's book, Childhood (Accents Publishing, 2014), set to music by Mirco De Stefani, were sung by the soprano, Cristina Nadal, with Igor Cognolato at the piano. It is also available as a CD, Childhood Songs.
During 2019 and 2020, Emily Grosholz gave a number of poetry readings geared towards promoting her book, The Stars of Earth, new and selected poems (Word Galaxy Press, 2017). She read at Suffolk University, Bunker Hill Community College, Carmine Street Metrics in New York City, and other venues.
An ongoing math-poetry activity for JoAnne Growney is her blog, Intersections -- Poetry with Mathematics. This resource offers math poems and commentary, once or twice a week, since 2010.
JoAnne Growney's poem, "With Reason: A Portrait of Sophia Kovalevsky (1850 - 1891)" appeared in the April 2020 issue of The Mathematics Teacher.
JoAnne Growney's essay, "When I'm Quiet Enough to See," found in Deep Beauty, edited by Rosemary Winslow and Catherine Lee (Woodhall Press, 2020), considers the roles of poetry, mathematics, and farm life in perceptions of what is beautiful.
JoAnne Growney's article about the relation between mathematics and poetry, "Everything Connects," appeared in 2020 in the Artist's Statement issue of Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. The article prominently features her poem "We Are the Final Ones," an expression of environmental concerns structured by The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic.
JoAnne Growney was interviewed by Sarah Glaz in the summer of 2017 at Bridges Waterloo. The article, ""Artist Interview: JoAnne Growney," appeared in Journal of Mathematics and the Arts in 2019. It includes ten poems by JoAnne Growney and a conversation about her love of both mathematics and poetry.
In the March 2019 issue of Math Horizons, JoAnne Growney's paper, "Give her your support," presents a collection of syllable-square poems that speak out for math-women.
Philip Holmes' poem, "Bookshelves," appeared in US 1 Worksheets 65 In 2020.
Gizem Karaali, JoAnne Growney, and Larry Lesser judged the first two (2019 and 2020) Student Math Poetry Contests held by The American Mathematical Society.
"Beauty beyond perfection: Aesthetic values in Japanese art resonant with mathematics," by Gizem Karaali1 and Sara Uehara, appearing in the Proceedings of Bridges 2020, discusses mathematical aspects of aesthetics by zeroing in on the Japanese aesthetic principle of wabi-sabi.
Gizem Karaali's poem, "The bread crumbs of proof," appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer.
Lisa Lajeunesse's paper, "Graeco-Latin Square Poems," appearing in the Proceedings of Bridges 2019, introduces and discusses a new poetic form based on a Graeco-Latin square.
Larry Lesser published a folder of 8 poems, "Statistical Poems," in the January 2020 issue of Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.
Larry Lesser's poem, "The Point of Inflection appeared in the June 2020 issue of Radical Statistics; a slightly revised version was reprinted in Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics on August 2020.
Larry Lesser's haiku won the non-student category of the American Statistical Association's ASA Day Haiku Contest and appeared in the January 2020 issue of Amstat News.
In 2020, Larry Lesser launched SPARKS, a thematic 24-song album of original songs grounded in Jewish text with universal themes, spanning denominations and genres.
Larry Lesser's poem, "Vertical appeared in the December 2019 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer.
Larry Lesser's poem, "Di/vision appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics.
Larry Lesser's poem, "The Situation," appeared in the 2019 Mizmor Poetry Anthology, published by Poetica Publishing.
Marco Lucchesi's poetry book, In My Most Distant Lands, appeared with BT Academica in April 2020. The poems in this book, originally written in Portuguese and translated into English, Hindi, Urdu and Bangala, connect between diverse cultures throughout a scenario of meetings with poets and scholars representing these languages.
Alice Major's paper, "Perhaps the Plaintive Numbers Flow," appearing in the Proceedings of Bridges 2020, discusses the various ways poets engage in counting when composing their poems.
In November 2019, during the Fall graduation ceremony, the University of Alberta awarded its highest honor, an honorary doctorate of letters, to Alice Major. In her convocation address, she included a poem for the science graduates, blending hockey and quantum physics.
Shell of Moon and Sun: Poems by Misuzu Kaneko, translated by Yukari Meldrum and Alice Major, was independently published by the translators in 2019. The book introduces the English-speaking audience to the beloved children poems of the Japanese poet Misuzu Kaneko.
Kaz Maslanka's visual poem, "10,000 Dharmas Returns..." received an award at the "Art San Diego" art fair, which was held on October 2019.
Kaz Maslanka's visual poem, ""The Graveyard of Empires," was shown at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art n February 2019.
Kaz Maslanka's visual poem, "10,000 Dharmas Returns..." was a part of the Prism art exhibit at The Contemporary Art Gallery in Osaka, Japan, held in March 2019.
Kaz Maslanka's visual poem, "Golden Fear," was shown at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in June 2019.
Kaz Maslanka's visual poems, "Newton's Third Law in Karmic Warfare" and "Congenital Wisdom," were shown at Analogue Sun, Digital Moon (Film and Video Poetry Symposium) held at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in July and August 2019, where Kaz had also led a workshop on mathematical visual poetry.
Daniel May's paper, "Poems Structured by Mathematics," appearing in 2020 as a chapter in Springer's Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences, edited by Bharath Sriraman, covers the history of the variety of poetic forms with mathematical structure.
Daniel May's, "In the Beginning, All is Null" appearing in the Artist's Statement issue of Journal of Mathematics and the Arts in 2020, is a multiple-choice poem based on the Hasse diagram of a 3-element set.
Daniel May's "Would-Be Exam Fibs," a funny poem originally given to students on an exam, appeared in the fib review issue of October 2019.
Iggy McGovern's "Reflections," is a poem-for-occasion written in September 2019, in celebration of the recognition of Birr Castle as a site of scientific interest by the European Physical Society.
On March 2019, Iggy McGovern's poem "A Cyclist's Prayer" was a joint winner (with Catherine Ann Cullen) in the Adult section of the Joyce-Cycle Poetry Competition.
Iggy McGovern's poem, "Airfixit" appeared in The Irish Times in January 2019.
Mike Naylor's poem, ""Decision Tree," appeared in the July 2020 issue of the NCTM journal, Mathematics Teacher: Learning & Teaching PK - 12.
In January 2020, Deanna Nikaido was the featured poet in the Lit & Art Reading Series, hosted by Eric Goodman, which is held every Sunday at Bird in Hand Bookshop in Baltimore, Maryland, for over a decade.
The 25th International Seminar on Sea Names/Educating for Diversity Through Geographical Names, held in July 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia, celebrated the addition of the second name, The Yellow Sea, on the Korean side of The Japan Sea, in textbooks used in Virginia. Invited to write a poem for the occasion, Deanna wrote "What's in a name?," which she read along with a brief essay about her point of view.
Osmo Pekonen and Johan Sten's book, Time of Light (Art House, 2019), includes twenty portraits of scientists, philosophers and other enlightenment figures. Among those, appear the pioneer woman mathematician, Emilie du Chatelet, and her lover, the philosopher, Voltaire, who celebrated their relation with poems.
Osmo Pekonen's metric translation from Swedish into Finnish of, Atis and Camilla, a love story set in the world of Greek gods, published in 1761 in Stockholm, in Swedish, by the Finnish count Gustav Philip Creutz (1731-1785), appeared in 2019 with Faros.
Tom Petsinis' poetry book, Steles, published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2019, contains 100 sonnets based on Ancient Greek funeral monuments.
Eveline Pye's poem, "Mother of the Seas" was runner-up in the SciPo Poetry Competition - "The Science of the Seas" run by TORCH and St. Hilda's College, Oxford. Announcement of results will be posted online on 3rd September 2020.
Eveline Pye's poems, "Painting the front door," "Not so much dying as...," "Locavore," and "Clematis," appeared in the July 2020 issue of The Blue Nib.
Eveline Pye's poem, "Butterfly Effect," appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Northwords Now.
Eveline Pye's poems, "Reintroducing the Andean Condor" and "Birdtime," appeared in the February 2020 issue of Jalmurra.
Eveline Pye's essay, which discusses the effects of climate change poetry, "Climate Change Poetry: Is It Effective?" appeared in The Glasgow Review of Books in January 2020.
Eveline Pye's poem, "Electric Bees," appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Orris.
Eveline Pye and Colin Will created STEM Poets in October 2019, a group of twelve established poets promoting STEM poetry in Scotland.
Eveline Pye was a member of the Board of Directors at the Scottish Writers' Centre from August 2019 until August 2020.
Stephanie Strickland's paper, "Ringing the Changes," appearing in the Proceedings of Bridges 2020, describes two of her poems that are generated from code written to implement a seven-bell peal's permutations.
Stephanie Strickland's poetry book, Ringing the Changes, appeared with Counterpath Press in 2019. Ringing the Changes, based on the ancient art of tower bell-ringing (the challenging art of ringing all the permutations of seven bells), permutes lines of sampled language to allude to changes to be rung in our lives and communities.
Stephanie Strickland's poetry book, How the Universe Is Made: Poems New & Selected, 1985 - 2019, appeared in 2019 with Ahsahta Press. The poems, gathered from a lifetime of writing, open to history, to code, to mathematics and matter as these translate each other and offer a road to light.
Amy Uyematsu's poems, "Zap #30," "Pilgrimage to Johkang Temple," and "The Older, The More," were published in Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirituality Anthology, edited by Leah Silvieus and Lee Herrick, Orison Books, 2020.
Amy Uyematsu's poems, "So Are We Becoming More Visible" and "To Tell the Truth," appeared in the May 2020 issue of Rigorous.
Amy Uyematsu's poems, "On My Way to J-Town," "The Suitcase,' and 'Voracious,' appeared in the June 2020 issue of Cultural Weekly.
Amy Uyematsu's poems, "Heartroot," "LA Riots, Circa 1871," and "Viral Briefs for the Farce of July, 2020," appeared in the July 2020 issue of Cultural Weekly.
Amy Uyematsu's poem, "Unrelenting This Heat / Unforgiving This July," appeared in Spillway 27 in 2019.
Amy Uyematsu's poems, "Chinese Snowballs at Huntington Gardens" and "In What Season Love, in What Season Dying," were published in Altadena Poetry Review Anthology 2019, by Shabda Press.
Amy Uyematsu's poem, "The Bachi-Bachi Buddhahead Blues," appeared in the May 2019 issue of Lantern Review.
Ursula Whitcher's poem, "Tuesday appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.
Ursula Whitcher's poem, "Chosen" appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone.
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