Alina Gregorian     

 

Mathematics of our Generation

Happiness in a Triangle

 

Mathematics of our Generation 

Knowing is a kind of being which states
that you and me times three equals:
a hammer fell out of the sky.
And when are we not to reach
the being that belongs to the knower.
The bucket of marigolds on your head
is a division of knowing the influence.
You dusted the folds on your collar.
You left the whale by my bedside.
The Earth has been humming for years
and you are a freight train, a strange
period piece, an inner sphere in a cabinet.

 

Happiness in a Triangle 

They sent us to Michigan to solve math problems for the magistrates. They gave us twenty bushels of paper and Velcro for our hats. They said the wind is stormy in the north. The wind is the color red. We crossed the border. The people of Maine asked about our favorite molecule. They marched in single file with feathers on their coats. They waved in synch with the falling trees. "We should stay until the sun sinks, and then we should chase so far to the moon," you said, while writing an equation on your sleeve. “We were sent here to arrange numbers. We don't know anything about your tulips.” 


Gregorian

Alina Gregorian is the author of Flying Bark, a forthcoming book from Coconut Books, Navigational Clouds, a forthcoming chapbook from Monk Books, and Flags for Adjectives, a forthcoming chapbook from Diez. She curates a video poetry series on the Huffington Post, co-curates Triptych Readings, and co-edits the collaboration journal Bridge. She teaches at Rutgers University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.