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Poetry: September 21, 2022 Issue [#11565]

 This week: Poetry and… Math?
  Edited by: RedWritingHood♡WDC
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"Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before."

Audre Lorde

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."

Robert Frost

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Poetry and… Math?

So, when I said math, how many of you went boo, hiss, ackpooie. Or think poetry and math? How? Believe it or not, math is found in each day of our lives: business, art, nature, cooking, and more.

But poetry? Yup. Whether we want it to be or not, there too.

How? Patterns. The connection is in patterns. Math is full of patterns and so is a lot of poetry.

Where? It’s in the meter, the forms, the rhyme, and in the music.

While you probably won’t use the quadratic equation in your poetry (ooo, unless someone makes a poetry form based on it), the form I share today is connected to math, too. Enjoy!

The Fib Form


The Fib, short for Fibonacci, was inspired by the numbers that begin the Fibonacci sequence (Knott). The form was put together by California writer and poet, Gregory K. Pincus.

“I’d like to say I invented a new form of poetry, [but] these sequences have been part of various poetic structures since before Fibonacci’s time. However, "the Fib" is my take on the idea, complete with a wicked cool name, if I say so myself” (Pincus).

Just like the Fib’s other definition (the one about lies), this form starts small and grows - almost with a life of its own.


--Six lines.

--Twenty syllables.

--Syllable count for the six lines: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8

COULD HAVES or What's The Poet's Choice In All This?




--Topic, theme


--The author of this version of the form does suggest, staying away from articles (a, an, and the) in the shorter lines, as well as some other points to ponder in a link from the original article, called, “More Fibbery.” (See source link below for original article.)

--I also discovered another version using the Fibonacci sequence. This is to use a specific number of words per line, rather than syllables. In an article in the NY Times it mentions that Emily Galvin used Pincus' syllabic form and changed it to words and began to write short plays with it (Rich).

--In the same NY Times article it mentions another syllabic version that extends the form by two more lines, and was developed by Suresh Venkatasubramanian (Rich).


Knott, Dr. Ron. " Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section." Mathematics Department of the University of Surrey, UK 26 December 2007 6 Jan 2008 <http://www.mcs.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fib.html>.

Rich, Motoko. "Fibonacci Poems Multiply on the Web After Blog's Invitation." NY Times. 14 Apr 2006. 7 Jan 2008. <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/14/books/14fibo.html>

Pincus, Gregory K. "The Fib." GottaBook. 01 April 2006. 12 Dec 2007. <http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2006/04/fib.html>.


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Editor's Picks


Justice  [ASR]
Innocence denied in the Civil Rights Movement - Fibonacci Form
by iKïyå§ama

 Open Book  [E]
Former love found in Facebook (fibonacci for the Cramp's 10/20/09 prompt)
by Soldier_Mike Salutes Veterans!

 Pine Cone Math Poetry?  [13+]
Must we really mix math into poetry? Sickos! A Fibonacci form of of poetry - blech!
by Ren the Klutz!

 Justice  [E]
Writer's Cramp: Fibonacci about Justice
by Dawn Embers

 Team Work  [E]
Fibonacci AKA Fib Poem for A Poem A Day Contest
by Louise Wiggins is Elizabeth

Vows For Life  [E]
A Fibonacci Poem For Writer's Cramp Poetry Week 04/25/2020
by ♫~ Kenword~♫

 Sequence  [E]
A poem based on the mathematical series found in nature, art, music, and genetic research.
by Dan Sturn

Style  [E]
Couture; Form: Fibonacci
by ShelleyA~13 years at WDC

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