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As in fours did forms appear

Swept away thoughts

Some parts in parcel here

With force informed in forms so clear.

Once swept beneath the silent seas

Of disregard

In lights did these

Words in touch enlight and please.

As if in words this world sprang forth:

thoughts without thought

Search the void in conscious form

To mean the means that thought was formed.

Pens, pencils, paper

they attempt to solve problems

that teachers set forth.

On Sheridan Road

Loud tape sings reggae music

Roll the windows down.

The Saxaphone God

Coltrane: hot winter whiskey

blow cool summer breeze.

Mile thirty-thousand

Steam rises from yellow piss

relief as cars pass

My fathers whiskers

Scratch my lips, his cheek I kiss

Rough shaved many times.

Her Words Reecho

Blackboards and Cinder Block Walls:

A Technical Talk

Inner Light glows red

Scientist eyes reflected

Thought's passion revealed

She breathes as she sleeps

Her head resting on my lap

The cat's on her legs.

Nakanishi's socks

Ten chambers, one for each toe

His feet must be warm.

These mountains our voices make

and through this valley

a river of meaning runs

a spectral display of sounds which

if we could see, would seem

very much like that other world:

our mind visions.

And this world dissolves into sounds:

different wave forms

like T.V. it passes through

our bodies also dissolved and free.

The solid sounds mountains

real as light solid stopped

to see the whisper willow

shake gently in the water.

Their hair wears thin

Their dynamically expanding

grey jello brains

obstructed against a thick wall

The frontiers of knowledge.

He loads the vending machine

at the greyhound station

downtown

His life is simple, pure

His soul is not lacking

His voice

is clear as he speaks the blues.

He has seen the weary travelers

He does not travel much now

Those days are gone

He drinks beer

He smokes King Edward cigars

His voice

is clear as he speaks the blues.

His yellowed eyes shine with smile

He remembers the way his life has run

A tear softly breaks

He blinks

His voice

is clear as he speaks the blues.

I'm naked in these dreams

unarmed completely free

vulnerable and frail

I'm naked in these dreams

crossing mud bridges

tripping on the tangles of dead cudzoo

I'm naked in these dreams

muscles in my legs aware

as I run, full of breath

in antelope strides

I'm naked in these dreams

shielded by my aura

as I travel through grey cities

unseen, yet I see

I'm naked in these dreams

These matters are

mathematical

not

medical

nor

ethical

nor

politically controversial

And

Time

is spent

frugally

when

more than

Time

is at stake

Sirens sceam our anguish

Marking time in this soul-less city:

Decayed beyond funky:

The Pheonix too tired

to rise from ashes

of a riot twenty one years ago.

Defeat waiting before we start

our ideas crushed

as they leave our mouths

As if in queue, we wait

The hope of spring dashed

Another day of freezing cold

Another day yet in limbo.

This next is acutally a song. I play it in E, but beware the rhythm is a little bit strange because the lyric to the refrain holds out a couple of extra beats.

I've been calculating

I said I've
been calculating

calculating all night long

and I wrote down the coproduct wrong.

I've been integrating

integrating the whole day through

I said I've been integrating

integrating the whole day through

Got a Chern-Simons functional integral

and its convergent, too.

I've been writing down knot diagrams

converting them to braids

Using the Alexander isotopy

you know I'm not afraid

I've been

assigning modules

to each of these six strings

been doin' it
for weeks now

and I still don't understand a thing.

I've
got them old Quantum Gravity

Topological Quantum Field Theory Blues

I've got them old Quantum Gravity

Topological Quantum Field Theory Blues

And without NSF funding I think that you would, too.

This is on the Anteaters Tape.

I'm a going to tell you all you need to know

To be the master rapper of the calculus show:

Now the first thing you do is to take the limit;

Yes that's right, that's how to begin it.

You don't need to use epsilon delta stuff,

Four simple rules are going to be enough:

The limit of a constant is still a constant

And the limit of a sum is the sum of the limits

The limit of a product is the product of the limits

And the limit of the quotient is the quotient of the limits

provided that the limit of the denominator is not zero.

This last condition is certainly necessary

for in this case you must be clever!

Now the thing upon which we will take the limit

is an object known as the Newton quotient

It's a simple object so will you repeat it:

Say ef of ex plus delta ex minus ef of ex over delta ex

Say ef of ex plus delta ex minus ef of ex over delta ex

Now this here limit is evavaluated as delta ex approaches zero

Given a function when you take this limit

The resulting quantity is called the derivative

But in general it is quite inefficient

To take the derivative by using the limit

SO a few simple rules will help you in fact

Master the world of the calculus rap.

The power rule is very simple

using it will cure your pimples

See the derivative of ex to the en

is en times ex to the en minus one

en times ex to the en minus one

don't be frightened don't be scared

differentiate the function ex squared

Yes the derivative of ex to the two

is two times ex

And any old fat headed thick skulled rube

Can differentiate the function ex cubed

Yes the derivative of ex to the three

is three times ex to the two

The next of the rules that we will employ

Is the product rule so stop calling me "Boy!"

The derivative of how times doo

is do dee how plus how dee doo

Where the conotation of the notation dee

Is to differentiate, naturally.

Now the next of the rules ain't a rule for fools

this here rule is the quotient rule

Yes the derivative of hi over ho

is ho dee hi minus hi dee ho

over ho ho

And the next few functions will not make you go mental

these are the functions that are called transcendental

Say derivative of the sine of ex is

the cosine of ex.

And the derivative of the cosine of ex is

minus the sine of ex.

And the derivative of ee to the ex is

ee to the ex.

And the derivative of the natural log of ex is

one over ex.

The next of the rules is the golden rule

This here rule is called the chain rule

We apply it to the composite of functions

it is very much like peeling an onion

layer by layer oh yes it's a fun one:

Now suppose that a function ach of ex

can be written in the form ef of gee of ex

Then the derivative of ach of ex

is the derivative of ef at gee of ex

times the derivative of gee at ex

We often say dee why dee ex

is dee why dee you times dee you dee ex

where why is ef and you is gee

why is ef and you is gee

but it's alphabet soup if you want to ask me

Now put on your coat and put on your hat

Since you have completed the calculus rap

Yes put on your shoes and put on your pants

Because in the next song we do the calculus dance!

Copywrite 1988 By J. Scott Carter (P. E. Zap)

Published Lobe Current Music and BMI.

All right reserved.

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J. Scott Carter

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama 36688

U.S.A.

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