Mental Arithmetic

Dead reckoning
The angle of depression
From a moving reference point.

Casting out nines at a tangent,
Reciprocal, oblique,
Beta minus one.

A lateral area of ambiguous triangles,
A transitive relation,
The significant figure
A negative quality.

The calculation of moments,
A null set,
The continuous probability of minus one.

Ann Copeland



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2 responses to “Mental Arithmetic

  1. Gareth

    Like this-just fine!

  2. Because I’m functionally innumerate, I can read this without any sense of its actual points of reference. And yet it really reaches me! An interesting demonstration, maybe, of there being levels on which authoritative poetry can work without its ‘meaning’ being immediately apparent to the reader

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