The Poetics of a Cyclic Directed Graph

Courtney Huse Wika and Daniel May
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 359–362 Short Papers


Inspired by various forms of multiple-choice literature, we composed poetry over a balanced directed graph and examined the combinatorics of this poetry. The directed graph poses interesting questions about internal logic in poetry, and offers a number of challenges in construction; it asks us to examine not just what the poem means, but how it means. The multiple choice theatre of the graph creates multiplicities in the poem's call-and-answer, and challenges readers' ideas of concrete meaning.