Photograph by Tim Grey
Poetry for Cordite 83: MATHEMATICS is guest-edited by Fiona Hile.
The invention of transfinite set theory by the 19th Century German mathematician, Georg Cantor, hinges the romantic conception of a boundless infinite to a post-Cantorian description of an infinity of infinities. As Christopher Norris writes, ‘thinkers all the way from Aristotle to Hegel denied the very possibility of a ‘completed’ or ‘positive’ infinite … Cantor’s realization that the scandal of the infinite – of a part that must somehow be conceived as equal to the whole – could in fact serve as its very definition or distinguishing mark’ reconfigured mathematics, and offered new ways for philosophy to think about Being and Truth.
The call for poems for this issue, MATHEMATICS, is therefore at once as finite and as infinite as it gets. If you’ve been writing poems about the universal or the particular, or whatever lies between, I’d like to read them.
Submit poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete) or works of microfiction (500 words maximum). Read more about submitting to Cordite Poetry Review. Please note:
1. We will only read submissions sent during our official submission periods.
2. Cordite maintains a hybrid submissions policy. This means that the guest editor may invite five (5) Australian and five (5) overseas authors directly to submit to the issue. In addition, the guest-editor will anonymously select an additional 30-35 works from Australian authors and use their discretion to select further overseas works. For each issue, the guest editor does not know the identities of the online contributors (via Submittable) until after the final selections have been made.
3. Simultaneous submissions or previously published material will not be considered. This includes works published in print and web journals but does not apply to material first published on personal blogs.
4. Please place up to three (3) poems in one (1) Word, RTF or PDF document (unless specifically noted otherwise for special issues), with no identifying details in the document itself.
5. We are not able to offer feedback on individual poems.
6. Submissions will only be accepted via Submittable …