Mathematical Poetry at Bridges

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green ballThe 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.


greeb ballDue 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


green ballMike Bartholomew Biggs' poem, "Ekphrasis in an Essex Sculpture Garden," appeared in the October 2019 issue of The Blue Nib.


Tatiana Bonch Osmolovskaya


green ballTatiana 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.

green ballTatiana 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


green ballRobin Chapman's poem, "Pandemic Math: X and Y Axes," appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer. 


greeb ballRobin 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


green ballMarian Christie's poem, "Crochet," appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of the fib review.


green ballMarian Christie's poem, "Tessellations," appeared in the March 2020 issue of  The Ekphrastic Review.


green ballMarian Christie's poem, "Limen," appeared in the March 2020 issue of Amethyst Review.


green ballMarian Christie's poem, "The mangoes of my childhood fell from trees," appeared in the December 2019 issue of  Allegro Poetry Magazine.


Marion Deutsche Cohen


green ballMarion 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.


green ballMarion Deutsche Cohen's collection of mathematical limericks, "A Factor of Minus One," appeared in June, 2020 in The Disappointed Housewife.

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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.


green ballMarion 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.


green ballMarion 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


green ballCarol Dorf' poem, "Our dictator," appeared with New Verse News on August, 2020.


green ballCarol Dorf's poems, "Latkes" and "Bitter honey," appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of  The Reform Jewish Quarterly.


green ballCarol Dorf's poems, "In the Sense of Remaining Grounded" and "Truth and Reconciliation," appeared in Unlikely Stories Mark V, in March 2020.


green ballCarol Dorf's poem, "Peligrosa," appeared in Poemeleon in 2020.


green ballCarol Dorf's poems, "This Room" and "Hold Time" appeared in Mom Egg Review in April, 2020.


green ballCarol Dorf's poem, "Do Not Be Alarmed," appeared in  Maintenant in June 2020.


green ballCarol 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.


green ballCarol Dorf's poem, ""Mother, Can You Explain?," appeared in The Mom Egg In 2019.


green ballCarol Dorf's poem, "Borders & Boundaries,"  appeared in *82 Review in 2019.


green ballCarol 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.


green ballCarol Dorf's poem, "I forgot the turnkey to the void," appeared in Redheaded Stepchild in 2019.


green ballCarol Dorf's poem, "Ask for a universe and what do you get?" appeared in  Maintenant in 2019.


Susan Gerofsky


green ballSusan 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.


green ballSusan 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


green ballSarah Glaz's poems, "Archimedes" and "Since time is a dense substance impossible to alter," appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of The Hudson Review.


green ball"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. 


green ballSarah 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.


green ballSarah 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).


David Greenslade


green ballInfinite 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.


Emily Grosholz


green ball 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.


green ball"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).


green ballThe 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.


green ballEmily 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.


green ballIn 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.


green ballDuring 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.


JoAnne Growney


green ballAn 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. 


green ballJoAnne Growney's poem, "With Reason: A Portrait of Sophia Kovalevsky (1850  - 1891)" appeared in the April 2020 issue of The Mathematics Teacher


green ballJoAnne 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.


green ballJoAnne 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.


green ballJoAnne 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.

green ballIn 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


green ballPhilip Holmes' poem, "Bookshelves," appeared in US 1 Worksheets 65 In 2020.


Gizem Karaali


green ballGizem Karaali, JoAnne Growney, and Larry Lesser judged the first two (2019 and 2020) Student Math Poetry Contests held by The American Mathematical Society.


green ball"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.


green ballGizem Karaali's poem, "The bread crumbs of proof," appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer.


Lisa Lajeunesse


green ballLisa 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


green ballLarry Lesser published a folder of 8 poems, "Statistical Poems," in the January 2020 issue of  Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. 


green ballLarry 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.


green ballLarry 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.


green ballIn 2020, Larry Lesser launched SPARKS, a thematic 24-song album of original songs grounded in Jewish text with universal themes, spanning denominations and genres.


green ballLarry Lesser's poem, "Vertical," appeared in the December 2019 issue of The Mathematical Intelligencer.


green ballLarry Lesser's poem, "Di/vision," appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics.


green ballLarry Lesser's poem, "The Situation," appeared in the 2019 Mizmor Poetry Anthology, published by Poetica Publishing.


Marco Lucchesi


green ballMarco 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


green ballAlice 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.


green ballIn 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.


green ballShell 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


green ballKaz Maslanka's visual poem, "10,000 Dharmas Returns..." received an award at the "Art San Diego" art fair, which was held on October 2019.


green ballKaz Maslanka's visual poem, ""The Graveyard of Empires," was shown at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in February 2019.


green ballKaz 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.


green ballKaz Maslanka's visual poem, "Golden Fear," was shown at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in June 2019.


green ballKaz 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


green ballDaniel 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.


green ballDaniel 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. 


green ballDaniel 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


green ballIggy 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.


green ballOn 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.


green ballIggy McGovern's poem, "Airfixit," appeared in The Irish Times in January 2019.


Mike Naylor


green ballMike Naylor's poem, ""Decision Tree," appeared in the July 2020 issue of the NCTM journal, Mathematics Teacher: Learning & Teaching PK - 12.


Deanna Nikaido


green ballIn 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


green ballOsmo 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.


green ballOsmo 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


green ballTom Petsinis' poetry book, Steles, published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2019, contains 100 sonnets based on Ancient Greek funeral monuments.


Eveline Pye


green ballEveline 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.  


green ballEveline 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.


green ballEveline Pye's poem, "Butterfly Effect," appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Northwords Now.


green ballEveline Pye's poems, "Reintroducing the Andean Condor" and "Birdtime," appeared in the February 2020 issue of Jalmurra.


green ballEveline 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.


green ballEveline Pye's poem, "Electric Bees," appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Orris.


green ballEveline Pye and Colin Will created STEM Poets in October 2019, a group of twelve established poets promoting STEM poetry in Scotland.


green ballEveline Pye was a member of the Board of Directors at the Scottish Writers' Centre from August 2019 until August 2020.


Stephanie Strickland


green ballStephanie 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.


green ballStephanie 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.


green ballStephanie 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


green ballAmy 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.


green ballAmy Uyematsu's poems, "So Are We Becoming More Visible" and "To Tell the Truth," appeared in the May 2020 issue of Rigorous.


green ballAmy Uyematsu's poems, "On My Way to J-Town," "The Suitcase,' and 'Voracious,' appeared in the June 2020 issue of Cultural Weekly.


green ballAmy 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.


green ballAmy Uyematsu's poem, "Unrelenting This Heat / Unforgiving This July," appeared in Spillway 27 in 2019.    


green ballAmy 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.


green ballAmy Uyematsu's poem, "The Bachi-Bachi Buddhahead Blues," appeared in the May 2019 issue of Lantern Review.


Ursula Whitcher


green ballUrsula Whitcher's poem, "Tuesday," appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.


green ballUrsula Whitcher's poem, "Chosen," appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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