July 13, 2010

Fibonacci Poetry

Fibonacci Sequence Poster

The Fibonacci poem is a 6-line short poetry form that is based on the structure of the Fibonacci sequence.

The Fibonacci Sequence is a mathematical sequence in which every figure is the sum of the two preceding it. Confused already? You begin with 1 and the sequence follows as such: 1+1=2; then in turn 1+2=3; then 2+3=5; then 3+5=8 and so on.

That means the poem consists of six lines of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8, with each number representing the number of syllables that a writer places in each line of the poem.

When the form came into being, poems were written with 6 lines, but now many poets experiment with poems that go well into higher digits, or with poems that are in reversed sequence. The number sequence remains the constancy of the form.

The subject of the Fibonacci poem has no restriction, but the best of the poems go beyond simply playing with the form.

I have tried with this form before and used it with students, but it came up in an email reminder that The Fib Review is accepting submissions of Fibonacci poetry for Issue #7 which is due to be posted at the end of August. Deadline for submissions is 8/21.

If our own current writing prompt isn't inspiring you, maybe you should try a fib...

Fibonacci spiral

Submission Guidelines

You may submit original, unpublished Fibonacci works to The Fib Review by sending your Fibonacci poems, narratives, or experiments to musepiepress@aol.com

Work that has appeared in an online or in-print publication or journal is considered published. Any work that has appeared in an online workshop or newsletter is not considered published and may be submitted for consideration.

Make sure that what you send is your best work. Please also make sure to type in the subject line "For The Fib Review ." Submit the poems only in the body of the e-mail in plain text. No submission e-mails will be accepted with attachments. If for some reason your work is long and attachments might be necessary, contact the editor, Mary-Jane Grandinetti, at the above e-mail address first so that a plan can be formulated to receive your submission.

The Fib Review will accept submissions year-round and will publish accepted submissions in three issues to be published over the course of a calendar year.


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