and in the darkness bind them

this i vow. i believe in the power of symbolic-objects-carefully-defined. in the power of “math”, in other words. and the holiest-of-all-math-holies i swear i will keep most sacred.

oh, equal sign! great in perfection!
none are like thee in the power to reveal!
no not “continuity” nor “magnitude”…
nor even “quantity”… nay, *nothingness*!…
not even “infinity”…
how are we to speak
how are we to write
how are we to think…

& who’ll understand *any* parable
that won’t understand that there
even *are* any parables…

it depends what the meaning of “is” is.

and the meaning of “is”, is, dammit, “is”.

otherwise, fuck it. what is *wrong*
with these undergraduates? happy christmas.
or whatever.

and a very new year.


  1. I like this. I’ll be co-hosting a math poetry reading at the Joint Mathematics Meetings next Friday. I think it’s only folks reading their own stuff, though.

  2. somebody else

    wow cool.

    “math poetry” deserves a far
    wider audience than that
    of which you speak.

    i went to two MAA/AMS
    joint meetings (officially;
    once they had ’em so close
    to where i was by accident
    [washington DC] that i went
    ahead and snuck in [and had a blast]):
    specifically, i (1) presented on my thesis
    and (2) read this
    collection of unremarkable remarks
    (& met saunders mac lane which was
    more or less the whole point).
    & you’ve already read my favorites
    (“a question both deep and profound”, e.g.)
    so i’ll just refer you (again) to my own
    little contribution of a few years back:

    break a leg (or what have you). love, V.

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