In the past, we asked poets to try their hand at poems about mathematics.
I prove a theorem and the house expands:says Rita Dove in her poem “Geometry.”
the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling,
the ceiling floats away with a sigh.
And we have written poems about all forms of numbers, as in " A Word on Statistics" by Wislawa Szymborska which begins:
Out of every hundred people,
those who always know better:
Unsure of every step:
almost all the rest.
Ready to help,
if it doesn't take long:
Always good,But this month we are getting more specific in our connecting of math and poetry with a poetry form called the “Fib.”
because they cannot be otherwise:
four -- well, maybe five...
A Fib poems is based on the Fibonacci sequence in math. The Fibonacci sequence starts 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55... After the first two numbers, the next is the sum of the two terms before it.
In a Fib poem, the title = zero and the first line has one syllable, the second one syllable, the third two, the fourth three, the 5 and then 8 syllables.
The "traditional" Fibonacci poem is a 6-line poem using the Fibonacci Sequence, but poets have also used more than 6 lines, but what remains constant is the number sequence. But we need to be cognizant of the math. If you try a Fib sonnet, line 14 will need 377 syllables!
Here is a sample 7-line Fib poem.
Kissthe spirals of the sunflower.
tongue and lips
sequence, each movement a spiral,
enfold, unfold, a working through and against, again.
A bit more math that might possibly inspire your poem. The Fibonacci series is directly related to the Golden Ratio. As you progress in the sequence, the closer the quotient of successive numbers approaches the golden ratio (1.618033...)
Other than the lines and syllables, the subject of your Fibonacci poem has no restriction, but we gently suggest that you get beyond math and the form itself.
You may also want to submit a Fib poem to The Fib Review.