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Today is Fibonacci Day!!!

Blog Posted:11/23/2011 2:15:00 PM
Poetry Soup Friends:

Today is November 23rd, or 11/23.  The numbers 1-1-2-3 are the syllable count for the first four lines of the poetry form known as the Fibonacci.  For that reason I celebrate this form on this day.

There are quite a few syllabic forms that have found a place in English language poetry beginning in the early 20th century with the Crapsey Cinquain (2-4-6-8-2).  The Fibonacci, as far as I can determine, does not have a specific individual who invented the form.  Rather, a number of poets began writing in this form at the same time.

The form derives from the Fibonacci Sequence, which is a mathematical sequence that starts with Zero, then goes to the number 1.  Each subsequent number in the seris is the result of adding the two previous numbers.  Like this:

1 + 0 = 1
1 + 1 = 2
2 + 1 = 3
3 + 2 = 5
5 + 3 = 8
8 + 5 = 13

If you read down the left column, you get the Fibonacci sequence and the syllable count for the poetry form: 1-1-2-3-5-8.  Though most Fibs (as they are humorously called for short) are six lines, the form is open ended and I have seen Fib that use some of the longer lines.  The continuation would be:

13 + 8 = 21
21 + 13 = 34
34 + 21 = 55

I've also seen reverse Fib, and Fib which go up to six lines than back down to the one syllable lines.

There is an online journal devoted to the Fibonacci at:

The fibonacci seems to have generated a small, but dedicated, following,  Why not give the form a try on this day?  I have found them to be both a challenge and a lot of fun.

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  1. Date: 11/26/2011 12:16:00 AM

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  1. Date: 11/23/2011 8:12:00 PM
    spirals mathematically represented.. God's poetry to me, thanks for the post, beauty to ya ~N

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  1. Date: 11/23/2011 3:15:00 PM
    Hey, Jim, you should do an example of one for us here!

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  1. Date: 11/23/2011 3:10:00 PM
    Jim,in my blog earlier this month I mentioned Adelaide who created the 'American Cinquain'(a poetical cinquain structured in a pattern of stresses) her lasting gift to imagist poetics.I published a chapbook in 20078 'Sequence'with my fibonacci and noted it can have an integral title,can be extended sequentionally as you say into a longer poem;the title can also form an inner poem with the last two lines;the last line can be a 'turn' or surprise as in haiku etc;they can be epigrammatic or imagist or even ekphrasis.A truly versatile form indeed.Rgds Brian

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