# Math Poetry

Poetry is about as ancient as mathematics in human culture. Its language can be whimsical, somber, joyful, beautiful, concise, thought-provoking, and inspirational. We invite you to think and write about mathematics in this unique form of expression. Poems can be limericks, sonnets, haiku, acrostics, based on the Fibonacci sequence, or even square stanzas such as JoAnne Growney's poem *Square Math Problem* in which the number of syllables per line equals the number of lines. Imagine and express yourself through mathematical poetry!

**Order a 2024 Math Poetry Poster for your office or classroom here.**

**The 2025 Math Poetry contest will open in late November 2024. Email Math-Poetry or provide your email so we can stay in touch!**

## Congratulations to the 2024 Math Poetry Contest winners!

An Intriguing Mystery

by Jera Feem V. Forro

University of the Philippines Visayas Iloilo City High School

Meditation on Mathematics

by Chelsea Zhu

Richard Montgomery High School

Infinity Is Known by Many Names

by Jasmin Mundi

American University

### 2024 Math Poetry Contest Honorable Mentions

College Entrants

- Mary Gutierrez(University of Dallas), “The Music of the Spheres”
- Charlie Kiley (University of Cincinnati), “Unsolved"
- Emilynne Newsom (Harvey Mudd College), “Tolerance”
- Leif Schaumann (Kenyon College), “Thue-Morse Turtle Words”

High School Entrants

- João Pedro Gasparian (Trinity School), “Twenty-One Fish in a Pond”
- Emma Zhang (Branham High School), “Self Portrait as Existential Calculus”

Middle School Entrants

- Dhanin Bhardwaj (Oberoi International School JVLR), “Odd and Even Days”
- Maya Mourshed (Francis Scott Key Middle School), “The Secret Lives of Numbers”
- Adya Seker (Kennedy Middle School), “Zero”

### Previous contests

### A limited supply of the 2023 Math Poetry poster remains – *order yours today.*

#### Check out the 2023 Math Poetry Winners!

*infinity*, River Oxenreider (Ohio State University), college student entry

*Sum of Us*, Angela Zhou (International Academy East), high school student entry

*Forest of Numbers*, Miranda Jedlinski (Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory for the Arts), middle school student entry

**2023 Math Poetry Contest Honorable Mentions**

**College Entrants**- Rye Ledford, University of Missouri - Kansas City
- Ramie Thompson, Wofford College
- Lena Zhang, The Ohio State University

**High School Entrants**- Melanie Acosta, Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory for the Arts
- Kara Lee, Stanford Online High School
- Marina Matson, Brookfield Academy
- Heer Patel, Maggie L Walker Governors’ School
- Gabrielle Tong, Milpitas High School

**Middle School Entrants**- Derek Aoki, Bullis Charter School
- Jayce Brown, Edmonds Heights
- Gregory Estrin, Lang Ranch Elementary

#### 2020 AMS Math Poetry Contest

In fall 2019 the AMS conducted a Math Poetry Contest contest for Colorado middle school, high school, and undergraduate students in connection with the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver. The winners will read their poems during Mathemati-Con, the day of free events open to the public, Saturday, January 18.

The three winning poems in the 2020 AMS Math Poetry Contest are:

- "Outlier," by Sabrina Little, Mackintosh Academy, Boulder
- "The Number Won," by Austen Mazenko, Cherry Creek High School
- "x
^{2}+ y^{2}= 1(ife)," by Chenyu Lin, Colorado Christian University

#### 2019 AMS Math Poetry Contest

The winners of the 2019 Math Poetry Contests read their work at the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 16-19, 2019 in the Baltimore Convention Center. The three winning poems in the 2019 AMS Math Poetry Contest were:

- "Math is Me," by Brooke C. Johnston, Notre Dame Preparatory School
- "A Love Letter to My X," by Tina Xia, Walt Whitman High School
- "Coalition," by Kelin Torres-Rodas, Prince George's Community College

**Congratulations to all three! **

## Resources for exploring math and poetry

- Intersections--Poetry with Mathematics blog
- Each issue of the
*Journal of Humanistic Mathematics*or*The Mathematical Intelligencer* - S. Buchanan,
*Poetry and Mathematics*, J.B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1962 - E. Robson & J. Wimp (eds.),
*Against Infinity: an Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry*, Primary Press, Parker Ford, PA, 1979 - Mathematical Poetry at Bridges
- J. Growney (ed.),
*Numbers and Faces*, HMN, 2001 - S. Glaz & J. Growney (eds.),
*Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics*, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2008 - Math poetry-focused issue of
*Journal of Mathematics and the Arts*, 2014 - "Maths and poetry: Beauty is the link," Peter Lynch,
*The Irish Times*, October 17, 2019 - This talk on Mathematical Poetry by Professor and Contest Judge Larry Lesser was recorded for the National Museum of Mathematics in November 2021
- G. Karaali & L. Lesser (2021). "Arts of the heart: Mathematics and poetry." In Bharath Sriraman (Ed.),
*Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences* - E. R. Lutken. (2023). Subject, Structure, and Metaphor in Mathematical Poetry. 2023 Bridge Conference