Rodica Simion: Immigrant Complex

Rodica Simion immigrated to the United States from Romania. She was a Professor of Mathematices at George Washington University untill her untimely death on January 7, 2000. Her poem  “Immigrant complex” appeared in : “Against Infinity”, An Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry, edited by Ernest Robson and Jet Wimp, 1979, p. 66. Published by Primary Press, Parker Ford, PA, and Jet Wimp, Drexel University.


I have a
complex
not simplicial (it is-in fact-
involved)
not a cell-complex
(my cells are
fine)
not a CW

complex
(I have no com-
plexion no weight
problems)

it is a
language
complex

my thinking is of
class C-one even
C-infinity

it does not matter:
my speech
approximates it by
linear functions
only
my talk (being merely
polygonal) wastes
my
C-n (n  > > 0)
mind
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