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**Maximizing Meaning (maybe)**

How

many

syllables

will fit on this

single line segment?

many

syllables

will fit on this

single line segment?

**_____________________________________________________**
How

many

syllables

will fit on this

single line segment?

**_____________________________________________________**

many

syllables

will fit on this

single line segment?

To neutralize the differing effects of any non-zero numbers -- to wipe out vast differences between numbers -- we may raise each of them to the power zero.* When 0 is applied as the exponent for any nonzero number, the result is 1. So 7^{0} = 1 and 5378 ^{0} = 1 and (.001)^{0} = 1. And here are "zero power" and other mathematical concepts interpreted in a poem.

** N to the Zero Power ** by Laurie Clemens

He holds one photograph

featuring one man and one woman.

Three birds perch on two wires

forming an isosceles triangle over the last

red brick street in town.

He holds one photograph

featuring one man and one woman.

Three birds perch on two wires

forming an isosceles triangle over the last

red brick street in town.

One of the poets featured in the current *Poetic Likeness* Exhibit -- featuring photographs and paintings and sculptures of poets along with a few favorite lines -- at the National Portrait Gallery is Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989). Although I hugely admire Warren's novel, *All the King's Men*, I am not very familiar with Warren as a poet. The gallery posted, beside Warren's photo, a few lines about a hawk. And I went searching online to find more. The exhibit's quote was from Warren's "Mortal Limit" but my search led first to "Evening Hawk" -- with a first stanza bright with geometry; I offer that stanza here.

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Its resources are

finite. No clever

transformation can

convert the

finite to

infinite.

We must

learn to

share.

And, here is a link to a previous Earth Day posting.

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JoAnne Growney

During these difficult days of fear and explosions -- in Boston and West, Texas and where next? -- I have turned to my copy of *View with a Grain of Sand *(Harcourt Brace, 1993) by Polish Nobelist Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) to find "The Terrorist, He's Watching." Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanaugh, this moving poem of numbers and tension also appears in Szymborska's 1976 collection, *A Large Number*.

**The Terrorist, He’s Watching ** by Wislawa Szymborska

The bomb in the bar will explode at thirteen twenty.

Now it’s just thirteen sixteen.

There’s still time for some to go in,

and some to come out.

The bomb in the bar will explode at thirteen twenty.

Now it’s just thirteen sixteen.

There’s still time for some to go in,

and some to come out.

April is National Poetry Month.

** 14 Syllables ** by JoAnne Growney

A hen lays eggs

one by one;

the way you

count life

is life.

April is National Mathematics Awareness Month.

Today, April 19, is Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day.
Here is a mathy poem that will fit in your pocket.

A hen lays eggs

one by one;

the way you

count life

is life.

The poem "14 Syllables" is collected in *Red Has No Reason *(Plain View Press, 2010).

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In both mathematics and poetry, truth and beauty are linked. The true is likely to be beautiful, the beautiful is considered likely to be true.

Early in April I visited an interdisciplinary mathematics-and-literature class at Arcadia College to talk with them about some of the ways mathematics influences poetry. The course I visited was was aptly titled "Truth and Beauty." Thanks to Marion Cohen -- mathematician, poet, and course professor -- and to her students for the enjoyable time we had together.

Today, thinking back to that Arcadia class, I offer a translation of a poem by Romanian poet Marin Sorescu (1936-1996) which links the mathematics of counting to the literary god, Shakespeare. Enjoy.

Early in April I visited an interdisciplinary mathematics-and-literature class at Arcadia College to talk with them about some of the ways mathematics influences poetry. The course I visited was was aptly titled "Truth and Beauty." Thanks to Marion Cohen -- mathematician, poet, and course professor -- and to her students for the enjoyable time we had together.

Today, thinking back to that Arcadia class, I offer a translation of a poem by Romanian poet Marin Sorescu (1936-1996) which links the mathematics of counting to the literary god, Shakespeare. Enjoy.

Labels:
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creation,
Marin Sorescu,
Martin Woodside,
Romanian,
seven,
Shakespeare,
truth

We

want to

be cool.

We want cool

rooms, drinks. With

cool mindsets

we “forget” that

we said, *we’ll cut*

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cool,
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fossil fuels,
greenhouse gases,
square stanza

We viewers of the world see it through a variety of lenses -- for some of us music shapes our view, for others it is color, for others history; still others see through a lens of mathematics -- perhaps geometry, or number, or randomization or . . .

The Greek Nobelist (1979), poet, and essayist Odysseus Elytis (1911-1996) was once nicknamed "the sun-drinking poet" for views seen in*The Axion Este */ *Worthy It Is*. A sample from this collection, "They Came," is offered below -- this poem is not only rich in the imagery of light but also pays tribute to geometry and numbers.

The Greek Nobelist (1979), poet, and essayist Odysseus Elytis (1911-1996) was once nicknamed "the sun-drinking poet" for views seen in

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As I have mentioned previously, April is National Poetry Month and also Mathematics Awareness Month -- and the mathematical focus is "Mathematics of Sustainability." To try to connect these April celebrations, I went to the website www.Poets.org and searched for a poem containing the word "sustainability." There I found "Patience" by Kay Ryan which contains these lines:

Who would

have guessed

it possible

that waiting

is** sustainable** —

a place with

its own harvests.

Please go here to Poets.org to read Ryan's entire poem.

Who would

have guessed

it possible

that waiting

is

a place with

its own harvests.

Please go here to Poets.org to read Ryan's entire poem.

Frequent readers of this blog probably know that Miroslav Holub is one of my favorite poets. And it was a great delight to get a recent e-mail message with a link to a previously unpublished 1994 interview with this scientist and poet -- appearing in the April 2 posting in the *Virginia Quarterly Review* blog. The interview, conducted and written by Irene Blair Honeycutt, has these opening sentences: "Miroslav Holub
(1923–1998) is one of the most internationally well-known Czech poets.
He led a career as a scientist, and his poetry is known for its
sharpness and wit, as well as descriptions of aging and suffering."

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Miroslav Holub,
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scientist

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mathematics,
poetry,
spine poem,
sustainabilty,
universe,
world

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