Symbolic Analyses of Lightning Through Water

Patrick Milian

songs for mathematician


           Aleatoric, use binary number system

Tiny genius blown sharp in wind whittled
peninsula. Tiny genius blown bigger: [yes/no]
[here/away]. Tiny [calculation/genius] [vice/versa].

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Giant lake droops                into peninsula
and buries bog. Always algebra calculated
quietly. Peninsula swallows lake: [here/away].

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Electricity on angel’s terms like mountain on fire’s.
Bog’s boundaries                  break like angels:
[sexless/all business]. Dark begins brightening.

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Bright begins dark,               banded revolution
around battery,                     bands and battering
of bright across bog where thunder [rumbles/brambles].

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If I am the tiny genius of the (un)expected
then (dis)simulated and (in)exact. [O/( )] is the
more/less poetical [(              )/apocalyptic].

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When I pour water                down the blackboard,
it makes a cross through the numbers. [Problematic(/)
crucifixion]. Mind,                 angels will swim.

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Either the mountain is (infinite) or it isn’t.
There is no terrace                 like afterlives.
There is no purgatory            for the tiny yes.

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The peak is the                      lighting how
the bog is the                         lightning. Spark
is [angel/maybe].                  [Never/maybe].

About the Work

Patrick Milian

Patrick Milian is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry at the University of Washington where he is coordinating editor of the Seattle Review. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including the Baltimore Review, Copper Nickle, Empirical Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, and Prime Number.

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