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Uneasy Relations

Published by Hearing Eye

ISBN: 9781905082315

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Uneasy Relations contains poems - mainly in haiku form - which play with ideas from computational mathematics. Non-specialists may choose to murmur them as zen-like meditations. For readers of a curious disposition, notes
are provided that may be no less informative than those at the end of The Waste Land. The poems do not confine themselves narrowly to mathematical themes but touch upon myth and fable, astronomy, the arts of prediction and
preventive maintenance, entomology, hill-walking, financial portfolio theory and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. There is also a hint of sexual politics.


To walk a tightrope
is hard. So how much harder
to walk several?

Spiders manage it
spinning sticky contour plots
which aren't safety nets.

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs
has spent most of his working life as a mathematician at the University of Hertfordshire. His poetic ambitions arrived as part of a mid-life crisis and this, his fourth poetry chapbook, is an attempt to unite both halves of his brain.
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