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a geometrist | Kiara Lindsay

geometry 1. a branch of mathematics that deals with the measurement, properties, and relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids (“Geometry,” 2019).

I am holding a sphere and I am
 considering its geometry. I am
 concerned with its surface(s) and shape
 and while I am concerned with these properties

I am a mathematician. I am donning and

accepting the label like

trying on a hat. I am looking in the mirror and
 considering how it might look at different angles and if
 I should continue wearing it. While I am considering
 if I should continue, I have forgotten to consider the points, lines and

higher dimensional analogues of the sphere that I
 am holding. I continue to hold it as I consider that
 it’s possible to ‘fake it ’til ya make it’, which it is. I
 continue to hold the object and it’s a piece
 of fruit. It becomes an orange and I cut it
 into segments. I feed it to a friend and the potential
 to become or remain a mathematician is lost. I am
 becoming a provider so my friend is expecting
 more segments of orange from me. I go out
 to collect some more spheres. I take them from
 branches that hang over fences and alleys and
 bring them to my friend. Each time I attempt to
 cut the spheres into segments, there is a moment where
 I am holding the sphere and I am considering its points,
 lines, surfaces, solids and higher dimensional analogues.

Kiara Lindsay is a poet. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Melbourne in 2017. Alongside Bridget Gilmartin, she co-edits Inhabit Journal and hosts a reading series called Evening Swim. In 2018, Kiara was the recipient of the H.B. Higgins Poetry Scholarship. She is a current EWF Writer in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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