Multi-Voice Poem

Rugby Middle School, Hendersonville, NC

Write a two-voice poem, a la Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise. Perhaps a conversation between two (or more) speakers. Your two voices can speak simultaneously or alternate, passing the lines back and forth. Example (from Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices by Theoni Pappas, see bibliography.)


I was the first of them.
The numbers that is.
initiator.and computation

has me as a factor.

and amazingly leave it unchanged.

that’s me.

you name it

the same.

reached the end of the numbers,

and the list goes on.

the first.

The numbers that is.
I was the


started with me.

Every number

I can multiply any number


I can divide any number

and leave it

And when you think you’ve

just add me to the last

I’m number one,
the first.