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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