SOL 18: A Slice of Pi(e)

Last night I listened to Amy Ludwidg VanDerwater talk with Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz about the intersection of poetry and science. This smart and funny conversation is part of Heinemann’s terrific podcast series. You should take a minute to listen if you haven’t already.

This conversation reminded me that for the past few years, I’ve celebrated Pi Day with a Pie poem. This year, I used 3.1459 syllables to structure my poem.

Lemon meringue.
fruit wrapped in flaky
crust. Every care melts away with one bite.

© Catherine Flynn, 2018

Photo by Lucy Heath on Unsplash

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14 thoughts on “SOL 18: A Slice of Pi(e)

  1. Reading your poem reminds me of the Question: How do you get better at ____? You do it! I’ve watched you over time write more and more poetry and now you are really good at it! Thanks for sharing the podcast, too. I’ll listen in after school. (No snow in VA!)


  2. Love this, Catherine. From the title and the link I was thinking, OMG, her remodeling is done, but when I arrived at your post I knew it would be even bigger and better. Thanks for the Pi(e) day reminder!


  3. Wonderful poem! I usually bake a pie on pi day, but since I am traveling I guess I will just have to settle for eating one today. Thanks for the heads-up on the podcast, too. Love ALV!


  4. I binge-listened to all the Heinemann Podcasts last Thursday during yet another snow day. I absolutely LOVED the one with Amy, Valerie, and Mark. So smart and FUNNY! I’ve got the book right here and am working my way through it.


  5. Clever, Catherine! When I started reading… my mouth dropped open. Why? Well, today I baked a blueberry pie! I haven’t baked a pie in weeks… and not a blueberry since Thanksgiving.


  6. I had the opportunity to see the speak about this at Heinemann last summer. The book isn’t great and I listen to the podcast Tuesday. I thought it was great too. Poetry and Science! Amazing!


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