Review by Carol Dorf
Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics
Edited by Sarah Glaz & JoAnne Growney
AK Peters, Ltd.
Perfect Bound, 250 pages
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repeating the numbers as they flashed in the air, forming
the curved 3, the angular 4, the easy 1,
… as though we owned them, and we did, then,
counting the rain drops that wiggled down the gray window,
counting the hearts and cars on our desks, our crayons, …
10 on each side for the spelling bee, counting silent
seconds when Sistar Ann Zita said 5 of us
would not reach 20, showed the chart
where children dropped off into 0, …
Looking around, I though Al Aubon, Jackie Foster, Dorothy Blake
who already coughed blood on her gold glasses when she spoke,
the thin girl just come over from Germany,
and Ray Martineau who had no lunch,
reminding us that God was watching and could tell
who knew 9 times 9, 144 divided by 12,
telling us it was God’s will that we die…
limerick, “A Lady of 80:”
A lady of 80 named Gertie
Had a boyfriend of 60 named Bertie,
She told him emphatically
That viewed mathematically
By modulo 50 she’s 30.
I prove a theorem and the house expands:
the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling,
the ceiling floats away with a sigh.As the walls clear themselves of everything
but transparency, the scent of carnations
leaves with them. I am out in the openand above the windows have hinged into butterflies,
sunlight glinting where they’ve intersected.
They are going to some point true and unproven.
Carol Dorf’s poems have appeared in Moira, Feminist Studies, Heresies, Fringe, The Midway, Poemeleon, New Verse News, Babel Fruit, Edgz, Runes, Poetica, Responsa, The NeoVictorian, Caprice and elsewhere. She is a former editor of Five Fingers Review and the Barnard Literary Magazine. She’s taught in a variety of venues including a science museum and as a California Poet in the Schools. She now teaches mathematics at Berkeley High School.