Brian Mayo

Gold Star - 12,347 Points (1960)

A Piem - Poem by Brian Mayo


Can a piem, a vapid potpourri of random words and ideas, generate discourse amongst theorists?


15 words = First 15 digits of Pi- -3.14159265358979

Topic(s) of this poem: math, poem

Form: Brisbane Sonnet

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π. The word is a play on the word 'pi' itself and of the linguistic field of philology.
There are many ways to memorize π, including the use of piems (a portmanteau, formed by combining pi and poem) , which are poems that represent π in a way such that the length of each word (in letters) represents a digit. Here is an example of a piem: 'How I need a drink, alcoholic in nature after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.' Notice how the first word has three letters, the second word has one, the third has four, the fourth has one, the fifth has five, and so on. In longer examples,10-letter words are used to represent the digit zero, and this rule is extended to handle repeated digits in so-called Pilish writing.

(^^ copied from WIKI)

Comments about A Piem by Brian Mayo

  • Mike Smith (3/16/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    I just read an article about these. It warned that they could be rather addictive once you'd started writing them. A nice example of a new-ish form that is gaining some popularity. Thanks (Report) Reply

    Brian Mayo (3/17/2016 11:19:00 AM)

    I did not find them addictive. Nor do I believe these will ever gain in popularity, as it's merely a mnemonic device. But it's fun to try once, I'll give you that much.
    And you're welcome.

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  • Wes Vogler (1/14/2016 9:11:00 PM)

    I have no idea what you pundits are on about but I do believe this matches your criteria
    But, (I said,) I would authorize an entire march and never
    question decisions without certainty. (Napoleon)
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  • Kelly Kurt (1/11/2016 4:09:00 PM)

    I like the concept and the result (Report) Reply

    Brian Mayo (1/11/2016 9:35:00 PM)

    I liked the concept, too; Enough to try a few.
    How 'bout you?

  • Pamela Sinicrope (1/11/2016 1:41:00 PM)

    So that's very clever! I wasn't aware of Piphilology.....and didn't come up with that? I thought at first that was a Brian original. Great piem. Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

    Brian Mayo (1/11/2016 9:33:00 PM)

    I'm hoping you try one. Thanks for looking.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 11, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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