Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Poetry Books about Mathematics

One might not expect to make a poetry connection in the area of mathematics, but poets sometimes use the framework of counting, sequencing, and other math processes to shape and structure a poem. These poetry books show just how it’s done.

The list begins:

            Andrew, Moira. 1993. One in a Million: A Book of Poems Where Maths Becomes fun. London: Puffin.

Dodds, Dayle Ann. 2005. The Great Divide, A Mathematical Marathon. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

Dillon, Leo and Diane. 2007. Mother Goose; Numbers on the Loose. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.

Esbensen, Barbara Juster. 1996. Echoes for the Eye: Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature. New York: HarperCollins.

Franco, Betsy. 1999. Counting Caterpillars and Other Math Poems. New York: Scholastic.

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