The following is from a series of Pi Poems, or Cadae—the alphabetical equivalent of the first five digits of Pi (3.1415).
Pi is a transcendental number that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter approximately equal to 3.1415926535897.
In poetry, it has been used as the basis for a syllabic form that obeys the following distribution of syllables and stanza lengths, resulting (by line length) in a kind of sonnet:
x ____________(1)___________ } 3
x ____________(1)___________ } 1
xx ___________(2)___________ } 4
xxxxx ________(5)___________ } 1
xxxxxxxx _____(8)___________ } 5
from Cadae: The Pi Poems
for a moment
when we began
to savor in its absence silence—
again, maybe a bit
louder than before
we only heard it
as such, a sudden intrusion
we had previously not noticed
and this is what disturbed us.
the city gays
confess their scene is
a sad huddle of hopeless bottoms
wishing for some dream top
to plough him senseless—
by those first barred who with an air
of almost tragic boredom insist
their loss is epidemic.
body you would
to fuck then try to
find this body somewhere in the world
you look and encounter
as you are bound to
after another imagine
just how thin and stripped of incident
your life would be otherwise
Tony Leuzzi is a writer and teacher living in Rochester, NY. His second book of poems, Radiant Losses, won the New Sins Editors’ Prize. In November 2012, BOA Editions will release Passwords Primeval, a book of interviews with twenty American poets.