A few weeks ago, we asked you to write some mathematical poetry – π-ku, which are a bit like Haiku but instead of the structure 5-7-5, they use the more classical 3-1-4 format (and it doesn’t just have to be syllables – valid π-ku can also use 3, 1 and 4 words on each line, if you prefer).
You responded in large quantities – across Twitter and email, we received over 100 entries, from fun ditties to serious, beautiful poems. Since none of us here at the Aperiodical are particularly well-versed (pun intended) in poetry, we consulted maths/poetry aficionado and special guest judge JoAnne Growney, who runs a blog collating mathematical poems over at Poetry With Mathematics.
After deliberating, JoAnne’s picked out some of her favourites, and I’ve chipped in with some of my own thoughts. Here are our top picks, and you can scroll right down to the bottom to see the winning entry.
Rational?Colin Beveridge @icecolbeveridge
JoAnne: Clever! I like it.
Katie: There were many entries along these lines, but this one is neat.
“Two pie, arrr!”Joe Elliot (via email)
Katie: A truly classic pun.
JoAnne: I like it.
The circle ofJessica McConnell @MmeMcConnell
Is drawn in heartbeats
JoAnne: Connecting geometry with the heart!
Katie: And the Lion King.
ConstableGavin E Riley (via email)
I can not breathe
Katie: We asked people to write about whatever’s on their mind.
JoAnne: Current events – it’s a comment on police brutality.
Math isn’t justKaren Campe @karencampe
What do you think?
JoAnne: A thoughtful comment about math.
Katie: We had several entries from Karen – many deep and insightful.
circle breadthsMartin Harris @MarHarStar
JoAnne: Using the Pi-ku to comment on Pi!
Katie: Enjoying the use of lower-case – very e e cummings.
And finally, here’s our winner:
StatisticsSally Maughan @s3yM5n
Or, perchance, truth
Katie: This was one of the earliest entries, and it jumped out at me as a fun one, so it’s been picked as the winner. (Not lies).
JoAnne: Speculation about statistics – this is one of my favorites.
We’ll be contacting Sally about her prize via Twitter. Thanks to everyone who entered, and if you want to see more of the entries, you can search on Twitter for #piku and @aperiodical!