Pizza and Poetry at Positive Pie

Positive Pie takes it namesake after Pi, the number that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter; of a pizza’s roundness to its inches; of your hunger to the amount of food you’re ordering, if you will.  This past Wednesday, Vermonters were also hungry for art, specifically poetry.  Residents turned out in droves to hear Eve Alexandra, Jari Chevalier, Major Jackson, Kerrin McCadden, Alison Prine and Emilie Stigliani read their poetry.  As I sat there sipping my beer — others doing the same, many also savoring a slice of pie — I traversed an enormous breadth of human experience without a clear beginning or end.  That’s the other thing about the number Pi: it is poetic.  It is an irrational number, ceaseless, unpredictable, perplexing.  And while the night did come to a conclusion, and our bellies were full, I wanted to keep listening.  The human experience, captured in poetry, is a mosaic of impressions and feelings that cannot be rationalized.   Pi is classified as a transcendental number; the circle cannot be squared.  And even though PoemCity2015 will conclude on May 1st, we will all keeping on looking, for something, for anything, to add to that infinite body that is our collective experience.   Even if that something isn’t real — such as an imaginary gorilla, as in Kerrin McCadden’s humorous poem “The Domino’s Pizza Gorilla”.  Here is an excerpt:

“we laugh to find ourselves out after,
two beers in the console, Johnny Cash on the radio,
the two of us gone around the bend, as moonstruck as the fields,
hunting for something no one else can find.”

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