in a Straw Hat- Paul Cezanne
That there are
no uninteresting natural numbers
can easily be proved by induction, thus:
number up to (say) n
is interesting, then if n+1 were uninteresting it
would be the first such number, which would (of course) make it interesting.
only have to prove
the existence of one interesting number, and 'one' will
do, for reasons which are too uninteresting to recapitulate.
There you have
it. But the number of
possible poems is so large as to be uninteresting,
whichever way you calculate it.
Which is an interesting, and reassuring
for those who
have an interest in such things.
getting ready to go out...
emerging, naked from the shower.
blue lights on
the hi-fi stack
closed, deep-red curtains
gas fire glowing
short black skirt
a rattle of
short machine-gun bursts:
these words are going to stay
army of crocks
undergoes make-or-break training.
forms a precarious mountain.
1) pink curve
through bubble mountain
2) the Kraken stirs
3) small tsunami
damp spot on the kitchen ceiling
across crimson pillows
head turned sideways
the tension vanished
getting ready to go out... (reprise)
Howard was educated at Hertford College, Oxford and now lives in Cambridge, UK,
where he is a telecommunications systems design consultant (whatever that means)
for Simoco Europe Ltd, and a poet (whatever that means). He's written a booklet
of poems called Low Probability of Racoons, had poems published in
magazines, on the WWW, and read on television. Peter writes an Internet poetry
Poetry Review, and occasionally acts as guide for those wanting to find
out about poetry and literature on the Internet. He is a Section Leader in
CompuServe's Poetry Forum, and also the Official Web Watcher for the Poetry