*the** “Poet Larry-ate” side of…*

*LARRY LESSER*

Award-winning
educator Larry Lesser is also
an award-winning songwriter and poet. Two
decades after taking an upper-division poetry seminar from Susan Wood, he was inspired to resume writing poetry after moving to
El Paso in 2004. Most of his published poetry (below) connects to
mathematics, statistics, or the teaching and learning of such content, and
some poems have been read at (inter)national meetings (e.g., this), podcast, or NPR radio interview. He
has co-organized (with Gizem
Karaali and Douglas
Norton) evenings
of mathematical poetry/art at recent national conferences (e.g., 2015, 2016, 2017,
2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings) and co-judged the inaugural AMS student poetry
contest. His STEM-related poems/songs are part of his overall efforts (some funded
by NSF) to humanize STEM, reduce anxiety, and support student learning and he
gave a lecture/reading/performance
at UTEP sponsored by UTEP’s Dept. of Creative Writing, Dept. of Mathematical
Sciences, and the ORSP Interdisciplinary Research Program.

*35 math/statistics/education poems*

(June 2018). Snowflake.
*The Mathematical Intelligencer, 40*(2),
81.

(May 1, 2018).
Variation. Mathematical Poetry (blog edited by Kaz Maslanka):

http://mathematicalpoetry.blogspot.com/2018/05/variation-by-larry-lesser.html

(April 2018). Mindful
Means. *Amstat
News, no. 490*, p. 2.

http://magazine.amstat.org/blog/2018/04/01/mindful-means/

[republished
5/8/18 on Intersections: Poetry with Mathematics (math poetry blog edited by
JoAnne Growney): https://poetrywithmathematics.blogspot.com/2018/05/statistics-and-mindfulness.html
]

(Feb. 8, 2018). Gender Identity. Mathematical Poetry (blog edited
by Kaz Maslanka):

http://mathematicalpoetry.blogspot.com/2018/02/gender-identity-by-larry-lesser.html

(Jan. 2018).
3/14/15. On p. 456 of “Math in Seventeen
Syllables: A Folder of Mathematical Haiku”,

*Journal of Humanistic
Mathematics*, *8*(1), 441-472. http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss1/22/

[was announced on 4/8/15 on Math Matters at Taylor and
Francis social media as a winner of

the 2015
Pi Day (of the Century) haiku contest]

(Jan. 2018). 17. On p. 456 of “Math in Seventeen Syllables: A
Folder of Mathematical Haiku”, *Journal of
*

*Humanistic
Mathematics*, *8*(1), 441-472. http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss1/22/

(Jan. 2018).
Transformed. On p. 456 of “Math in
Seventeen Syllables: A Folder of Mathematical Haiku”,

*Journal of Humanistic
Mathematics*, *8*(1), 441-472. http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss1/22/

(Dec. 2017). A
Fallacy Not Assessed by Kahneman and Tversky. *The
Mathematical Intelligencer, 39*(4),

66.

(Nov. 2017). Test for Normality. *Radical Statistics*, no. 118, pp. 34-35.

(Nov. 20, 2017). Cantor's Ternary
Palindrome. Mathematical Poetry (blog edited by Kaz Maslanka):

http://mathematicalpoetry.blogspot.com/2017/11/cantors-ternary-palindrome-by-larry.html;

[anthologized on p. 59 of Sarah Glaz
(Ed.), *Bridges 2018 Poetry Anthology*]

(Oct. 2017). Diameter. *Texas
Mathematics Teacher*, *63*(2),
14, 31 [poem and accompanying classroom

questions and
answers]. [anthologized on p.
60 of Sarah Glaz (Ed.), *Bridges 2018 Poetry Anthology*]

(Sept. 17, 2017). Forebear Square. Mathematical
Poetry (blog edited by Kaz Maslanka):

http://mathematicalpoetry.blogspot.com/2017/09/forebear-square-by-lawrence-lesser.html;

[anthologized on p. 59 of Sarah Glaz
(Ed.), *Bridges 2018 Poetry Anthology*]

(Sept. 2017). New Normal. *Radical Statistics*, no. 117, poem on the
cover [accompanied by the

reflection “New Normal?” on pp.
31-33]; poem reprised on cover of issue 118 as
well

(Aug. 4, 2017). MEANings. Mathematical
Poetry (blog edited by Kaz Maslanka):

https://mathematicalpoetry.blogspot.com/2017/08/meanings-by-larry-lesser.html

[republished
7/9/18 on Intersections: Poetry with Mathematics (math poetry blog edited by
JoAnne Growney): https://poetrywithmathematics.blogspot.com/2018/07/what-does-mean-mean.html
]

(April 2017). Permutation. https://www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun/poems/permutation

(April 2017). Rhyming without replacement.* *

https://www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun/poems/rhyming-without-replacement

(Jan. 2017). Moving Between Inner
and Outer Worlds. *J. of Humanistic Mathematics,
7*(1), 275-284.* ***http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol7/iss1/21/** Introductory remarks and these 10 poems:

Discovery. *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1),
276.

Business Statistics. *Journal of
Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1), 277.

Julia. *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1),
278.

[republished
3/16/17 at Intersections: Poetry with Mathematics (math poetry blog edited by
JoAnne Growney): https://poetrywithmathematics.blogspot.com/2017/03/julia-set-aside-gender-roles.html ]

L'Hospital. *Journal of
Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1), 279.

The Zero. *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1),
280.

Availability Heuristic. *Journal of
Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1), 281.

[Availability Heuristic republished Feb. 2017 by CAUSE]

Polymath Aftermath. *Journal of
Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1), 282.

*P*(A|A) = 1. *Journal of
Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1), 283.

[*P*(A|A)=1 adapted
and republished Feb. 2017 by CAUSE]

The Algebra Teacher Writes In
Verse. *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1),
283.

Triangle. *Journal of
Humanistic Mathematics, 7*(1),
284.

(2016). Chi-ku. https://www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun/poems/chi-ku

(Spring 2016). Margins. *Talking Writing*. http://talkingwriting.com/larry-lesser-poem

[anthologized in Sarah Glaz (Ed.), *Bridges
2016 Poetry Anthology* (p. 62). Phoenix, AZ: Tessellations Publishing.]

(Jan. 2013). Poetic Reactions. *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics*, *3*(1), 156-161.

**http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol3/iss1/13/** Postscript and these 3 poems:

Dogs Know. *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics*, *3*(1), 156.

[“Dogs
Know” was read near the end of 4/13/13 interview
on regional NPR station,

anthologized in Sarah Glaz (Ed.), *Bridges
2016 Poetry Anthology* (p. 61). Phoenix, AZ: Tessellations Publishing,
and noted in a 2017 *JMA* review
of this anthology]

50-50. *Journal
of Humanistic Mathematics*, *3*(1),
157.

(A student comes to terms with) the ‘M
word’…. *Journal of Humanistic Mathematics*, *3*(1), 158-159.

Republished
3/31/18 on Samuel Hansen’s podcast *Relatively
Prime *(Diegetic Plots,
Chapter 3)

(Winter 2010). Confounded. *The Mathematical Intelligencer, 32*(4),
53.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00283-009-9127-x

(Nov. 2010). May the door of this classroom….
*The Teaching Professor*, *24*(9), 4.* *

[republished
6/27/14 & 8/9/18: http://facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/opening-intentions-first-day-class/ ]

(2009). Denominator. *Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators*, *3*(1), 60-61.

http://amaejournal.utsa.edu/index.php/amae/issue/view/11

(2008). Statistic Acrostic [co-written with
Dennis Pearl]

https://www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun/poems/statistic-acrostic

[republished in 2014 in Intersections:
Poetry with Mathematics (math poetry blog edited by

JoAnne Growney) at

http://poetrywithmathematics.blogspot.com/2014/10/abc-of-statistics.html]

[*note*: some of Lesser’s 90+ published
math/statistics lyrics have some poetic features (such as http://scholarship.claremont.edu/hmnj/vol1/iss19/13/ or http://scholarship.claremont.edu/hmnj/vol1/iss19/9/) and

Lesser had an article on lyrics
in a special poetry focus issue of *Journal
of Mathematics and the Arts*]

*13
other poems*

(Summer 2014). Sweet. *Poetica** Magazine: Contemporary Jewish Writing,* pp. 42-43.

(Fall 2013). Hypothesis. *BorderSenses**
Literary Magazine, *No. 19, pp. 66-67.

(Summer 2012). Last Supper. *BorderSenses** Literary Magazine, *No. 18, p.
38.

(May 2012).
Learning. *Drash**: Northwest Mosaic*, *6*, pp. 64-65.

(Fall 2010). Test. *R*í*o Grande Review: A Bilingual Journal of Contemporary Literature and Arts*,

No.
36, 89-90.

(July 2010). Logic. *BorderSenses**
Literary Magazine, *No. 16, p. 21

(Summer 2008). Arrangement. *BorderSenses** Literary Magazine, *No. 14, pp.
103-104.

(Summer 2007). Leaving White’s City. *BorderSenses** Literary Magazine, *No. 13, pp.
80-81.

(Spring 2006). Wheel. *BorderSenses**
Literary Magazine*, No. 11, pp. 34-35.

(Fall 2005). Burp. *BorderSenses Literary
Magazine *[a 2-nation, 11-state journal], No. 10, 81-82.

(2005). Shrink Rap. *The Ink Spot:
Highlights of the Ink Poetry Contest 2005*, p. 18. Las Cruces,

NM: The Ink. *3 ^{rd}-place-award.*

(2005). Something to Remember. *The Ink
Spot: Highlights of the Ink Poetry Contest 2005*, p. 26.

Las
Cruces, NM: The Ink.

(April 1986). When in Rome. *University
Blue, *vol. 3 (p. 29).
Houston: Rice University.