### Factorial By Scott Glassman

i

am a

quotient of the

sun

i am

a quotient of

the

moon i

am a quotient

of

the one

i am a

quotient

of the

two i am

a

quotient of

the burn i

am

a quotient

of the dew

2.

i

am a

multiple of the

earth

i am

a multiple of

the

sea i

am a multiple

of

the birth

i am a

multiple

of the

tree i am

a

multiple of

the word i

am

a multiple

of the air

3.

i

subtract myself

from you for

luck

i add

myself to you

for

love i

subtract myself from

you

for luck

i add myself

to

you for

love i subtract

myself

from you

for luck i

add

myself to

you for love

4.

i

am zero

over you +

1

i am

zero over you

+

2 minus

0 over you

+

1 minus

0 over you

plus

2 minus

you over me

+

0 minus

1 over you**The poem above is a poem by Scott Glassman called factorial taken from his blog.**

I find this poem of Scott Glassman very interesting in that I can see it as an example of mathematical poetry buried inside mathematics poetry. (Click here for the difference between mathematical poetry, mathematics poetry and mathematical visual poetry) The first section of Scott’s poem I have transformed into a piece of mathematical visual poetry. (above) This mathematical visual poem shows four separate mathematical poems that are contained within section one of his mathematics poem.

The verses in the second section have different meanings dependent on whether the poem is lineated or written without lineation. However, both ideas are present in the poem. You can feel the tension between differing statements and the shift in context between the statements due to reading it lineated and then reading it not lineated. I have written out all the mathematical poems/verses I could find contained within this section and displayed them in the image shown above.

The third section functions much the same as the second as far as tension between lineation and reading it without the lineation. However this section has only two statements repeated three times. The interesting part in this section is that the lineation creates two more mathematical poems which are shown in black (above).

The fourth section is a bit more difficult to map out. Therefore I shot a photo of my deductions from the poem. (above) You can see the brackets point to three mathematical poems that are delineated by the brackets inside the mathematics poem. The third one of the three I used algebra to simplify the expression into a compact form/context. Watch the meaning change in this poem through all the metamorphoses.