Finding the punchline: On applications of graph theory and combinatorics in Canadian 'pataphysical poetry

  title={Finding the punchline: On applications of graph theory and combinatorics in Canadian 'pataphysical poetry},
  author={Joseph Alexander Brown and Terry Trowbridge},
  journal={2011 24th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering(CCECE)},
Looking at the works of Canadian poets bpNichol and Christian Bök examined are the applications of graph theory and combinatorics to 'pataphysical poems. A 'pataphysical poem is one which is seen as poetry which mocks science. However, these poems require knowledge of mathematics on the part of the poet. An analysis of bpNichol's Sixteen Lilypads uses elements of graph theory and provides a new reading method. Given is the result that the poem Probable Systems 15 has no solution for a variety… 
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