ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Null Set by Ted Mathys





Null Set by Ted Mathys

Null Set collects the slightly obsessive possibilities that rise when we give them the space—odd jobs, trouble-making, and farm boy rambling, all in dialogue with mathematics, or William Faulkner, or other poets.

From “Hypotenuse”:

I write three, erase it, blow rubber
shavings from the desk. Write its notation,
erase it, blow shavings. Then three 3s

erased, shavings blown, persist
for the nonce, three of nothing, nowhere
attending to discrete objects for counting,

themselves objects at any rate. To kiss,
sleep, and focus we know to close
our eyes, imagine. I do, see nothing.


Publisher Information

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press (June 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566894036



MathisTed Mathys is the author of two previous books of poetry, The Spoils and Forge, both from Coffee House Press. The recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Poetry Society of America, his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, Boston Review, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA in international environmental policy from Tufts University. He lives in Saint Louis and teaches at Saint Louis University.

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