Composing Mathematical Poetry

Carol Dorf
Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2015)
Pages 571–572


Mathematical poetry begins when worlds we consider distinct collide. The language of mathematics intersects with the compression and elisions of poetry. While many poems have a mathematical component in their composition, readers and writers usually do not connect these elements to mathematics. In this workshop participants will experiment with language and structures from both domains in order to compose new poems, as well as reading poems that employ mathematical language and techniques.