Formula for Fun

Poetry plus math
yields countless forms, from
syllable squares and
three-line haiku to
infinite pi-ku.

Note: this is a syllable square poem – the number of lines in the poem
equals the number of syllables in each line. In this case, that number
is five, which is also the number of syllables in the title.


Pi-ku Rule

A pi-ku
be three lines long,
a haiku, or it
can be like pi, and go on and on
and on
and on and on and on…

Note: a basic pi-ku is three lines long, with syllables per line equalling
3, 1, 4 – the first three digits of π. In an eight-line pi-ku like this one,
the syllables per line equal the first eight digits of π: 3.1415926.



Carmela A. Martino is an author, poet, and writing teacher with an MFA in writing and a BS in mathematics and computer science. Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She is also the author of two novels: Rosa, Sola (Candlewick Press), for ages ten and up, and the YA historical Playing by Heart (Vinspire Publishing). Carmela enjoys exploring the intersection between poetry and math by writing poems in a variety of math-based forms.