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Telling Fibs   The Northern Lights

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From: Fortunalee

4/15/06

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.

Blogposted!

  • Edited 4/15/2006 10:14 am by Fortunalee

'Tisn't my fault, I didn't do it, I wasn't even there!

oh... wat a sec...  not that kind of fib...  hmm.

My
thanks
to you.
New forms for
poetry are rare.
This one is fun, I like it lots!

Fortunalee

From: Fortunalee

4/15/06

Hee! I caught you in my fibby trap!

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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Fortunalee

From: Fortunalee

4/15/06

Rain.
Gray,
gloomy.
Probably
just as well I was
not planning on going outside.

 

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Fortunalee

From: Fortunalee

4/15/06

Damn.
Today's
tax day.
It's time now
to start thinking 'bout
deductions, interest, income.

Tax
Day
Leaves my
Head swimming
And my wallet flat
Thank Heaven it's just once a year!

Bear
And
Naia
One plus one
Equals a new life
Endless love, joy, and happiness!!!

Sparks
Wind
And then
Suddenly
A vortex appears
The Lensman comes to Fortuna's
  • Edited 4/16/2006 4:32 am ET by GreyLensman (GreyLensman2)

Ohhhhh, you want us to follow RULES??? <grumble><grumble>

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Opportunity
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Clarke
Brin
Niven
Asimov
Robert A. Heinlein
And, of course, Spider Robinson

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