Thursday, July 02, 2015
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The sphere poem is where metaphorical content is mapped into an equation that describes aspect of a sphere. The next image shows the equation for calculating the volume of a sphere.
The sphere poem shown below titled "Radius of Compassion" utilizes the equation that describes the volume of a sphere. Now the question posed to you is who in the world is described by this expression?
After deliberation I feel I have not pointed at what I wanted to --- thus I have changed this poem to the following:
The poem above has more sarcastic intent but the lower one is less vague.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Here is a new proportional poem that struck me while pondering time. In the vernacular it says Time is to Music as a Rollercoaster is to Space. OR Time is to a Rollercoaster as Music is to Space. Yet I have to say I really like the sound of it just as it is on this screen. Time equals a Rollercoaster times Music all divided by Space.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Friday, April 03, 2015
Bob Grumman on the right me on the left - @ Museum Of Modern Art - New York City - July 2010
It is with deep sadness that I must report the passing of Bob Grumman. The world of mathematical poetry just got lonelier. I remember in the mid 1990’s getting an email from Bob expressing how happy he was to have found me, another mathematical poet who shared a similar vision to his. Furthermore I was happy to have learned of his existence as well. Until then I had thought that I was the only one doing it. I was happy to find out that others had some interest in it as well. First of all I have to say that other than myself, there is no other mathematical poet in the English language that has had as much passion for our brand of mathematical poetry. – Yes there have been others who dabbled here and there and made a handful of math poems – and I must mention Karl Kempton and Scott Helmes who have made serious contributions to mathematical visual poetry, but only Bob and I consistently expressed a passion for using mathematical equations as a structure for poetic expression. Bob seemed to be entertained by arguing with people about the validity of mathematical poetry BEING poetry. Personally, I have tried to avoid that particular argument and have been happy believing that mathematical poetry is its own genre and needs not to be called poetry. Yet it really makes no difference to me. I must also mention that while Bob and I both took ownership in this form of expression, we had many differences of opinion … sometimes our differences were painful and I felt as though I was stuck in the land of mathematical poetry (a deserted island) with a hard headed competitively driven egomaniac. It is true that in the past I have felt this way. - But now that the reality has hit that he is gone, I feel alone on this Island – and it saddens me. The worst part for the muse of mathematical poetry is that neither of us has inspired anyone else to do it. She had better find another one to do it - obviously neither Bob nor I have done a good job in spreading the word. (not that we haven’t tried) – It’s been over 200 years since the first mathematical poem that I know of was published and the genre lay dormant for all those years until the 1970’s before it sprouted up again. Bob has been integral in trying to keep mathematical poetry alive in this incarnation. He will truly be missed.
Kaz Maslanka 04-03-2015
Monday, March 02, 2015
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This Similar Triangles Poem titled "Singularity at Vulture Peak"is a refinement from an earlier piece and is much more direct with what I want to express. -Kaz
One vernacular translation for this mathematical expression is, "Enigma is to a flower dream as the truth is to the experience of a flower."
One may want to Google "Vulture Peak" to see what many say is the first transmission Zen from the Buddha.