Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Sphere of Influence by Connie Tettenborn

Here is a Spherical (maybe elliptical) poem by Connie Tettenborn titled "The Sphere of Influence"


Anonymous said...

not trying to be difficult, but for me this does not make sense without modifiers for "resources" and "small changes". resources can expand, remain the same or shrink. changes can be positive, negative or balance out and become neutral.


Anonymous said...

That is the point--things can go either way because the earth is fragile. I recall your suggestion to add a negative sign to the components you mentioned, however, Kaz pointed out that two negatives equal a positive in math, so the analogy does not work very well in this instance. I decided I would rather let the reader "fill in the blanks" and not be too preachy on the subject.


Kaz Maslanka said...

Hi Karl,
I love these discussions – yes you may have a point about ‘small changes day to day’ however the other issues you brought up could be applied to your mathematical poem titled “My Big Mouth” as well. Furthermore the modifier of a negative sign as I was told that you suggested would not help in this case either. However, if one were to modify the equation to read “the absolute value of small changes day to day” then that would keep the so called radius positive; although a negative radius reminds me of imaginary numbers (multiplying by i ) which would be acceptable if it added meaning to the mathematical poem. (This may be what Connie is saying about the earth going both ways)
I actually like ((ecology)(resources)(small changes day to day))^3 --- this way there is a perfect radius and a spherical shape as opposed to the nebulous shape that this poem and “My Big Mouth” have. As I see it both later mentioned poems could be argued to be elliptical. Or nonsensical as you have stated.

Thanks for the dialog


P.S. Connie - I don't think you should worry about being preachy - some people deserve a sermon.

earl said...

Hi Kaz,

Love the website and I love your work and I enjoyed reading your exposition on polyaesthetics and mathematical poetry!

The idea of math as a structure for expressing metaphor, in particular, resonated with me. I've been writing a blog I call "Why Hate Math?" that draws on rigorously formulated "ideas" from math and physics to explore the less rigorous (but infinitely more rewarding), more qualitative aspects of our existence.

Here is a link to one of my recent posts that draws on multivariable calculus to explore the idea of reality versus perception.

I hope you enjoy reading!

Kaz Maslanka said...

Hi Earl,
감사합니다 Thanks for showing up. You may enjoy the following link. A poem about the HIV demon who I have named "Meretricula Extinctor"

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