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Apr 15

Telling Fibs

Blogs
spread
gossip
and rumor
But how about a
Rare, geeky form of poetry?

THAT'S exactly what happened after Gregory K. Pincus, a screenwriter and aspiring children's book author in Los Angeles, wrote a post on his GottaBook blog (gottabook.blogspot.com) two weeks ago inviting readers to write "Fibs," six-line poems that used a mathematical progression known as the Fibonacci sequence to dictate the number of syllables in each line.

NYTimes

Since his original post, Slashdot picked up the entry, and 100 other sites have linked to his original post. He estimates that 1,000 Fibs have been written since the beginning of April - which just happens to be both National Poetry Month and Mathematics Awareness Month.

The structure of the form is simple, but restricted. Start with 0 and 1, add them together and get one. Add 1 + 1 you get 2. Add the next two lines together (2 + 1) you get three, and so on. The sequence ends up being: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. For the sake of the writing exercise there are only six lines, though you could continue the Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 etc.

Think
in
haiku?
Why don't you
stretch your mind writing
fibs (not lies) in a Fib sequence.

Comments won't lend themselves well to the structure, but post your Fib in your own blog & trackback here, or post in the thread in Fortuna's Favor.

Check out also More Fibbery for the "rules" of sorts that Mr. Pincus follows when Fibbing, as well as many excellent examples of the form.

 
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