Saturday, April 01, 2006

The Fib

One
Small,
Precise,
Poetic,
Spiraling mixture:
Math plus poetry yields the Fib.

What’s that, you ask? That’s the very first Fib I wrote. What’s a Fib? Well, first a little backstory….

At the 2005 SCBWI-LA Writer’s Day, poet-novelist Ron Koertge mentioned the idea of “warming up” each day by writing haiku. To paraphrase what he said, writing haiku keeps you in tune with the importance of word choice and how you can say so much with so little… with the goal being that subconsciously you will continue to be aware of both points whenever and whatever you write.

I was intrigued, but my geeky mind immediately began to churn. Why just haiku? I wanted something that required more precision. That led me to a six line, 20 syllable poem with a syllable count by line of 1/1/2/3/5/8 – the classic Fibonacci sequence. In short, start with 0 and 1, add them together to get your next number, then keep adding the last two numbers together for your next one. It’s a wonderful sequence, and it’s one that is repeated in nature (most famously in nautilus shells). Heck, some folks use it in knitting and music,… and, as much as I’d like to say I invented a new form of poetry, 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.

I’ve found writing Fibs helpful, as they really do make me conscious of word choice in everything I write (which is particularly critical in my poetry, picture book manuscripts, and e-mails to Mom). Also, I’ve found kids respond well to the form, especially when they hear that “Ewww. Worms.” can be 1/3 of their poem. So, I think it’s time for the Fib to gain more exposure.

In another post, I’ll talk more about various Fib rules and guidelines and subsets (like Fibs that tell fibs!), but for now, I’m curious to hear what you think or see if any of you want to try your hand at writing Fibs … and hoping you all want to join me in spreading Fibbery around the web/in classrooms/wherever.

This
Post
Is now
Completed,
So, I gotta book.
See you all on the comments page.

(There are wonderful Fibs in the comments here, and if you look to the right you'll find links to other posts with even more Fibbery (such as the post cleverly named More Fibbery.) If you head on up to the top of the blog you'll find new Fibbish links, too. In short, feel free to poke around... and don't be shy about telling a Fib or two.)

(And now another update: a book deal (and that's no fib!))

(The BIG update: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. - the novel that came to life because of this post - is now available wherever books are sold!)

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Anonymous said...

Ode to Caffeine

Give
Me
Coffee
to wake up.
This is the morning
I set out to conquer the world.

gail carson said...

Drip
Drop
No mop
Rain won't stop
Holes in the rooftop
Soon we will have an indoor pool

Sam said...
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Sam said...

Bread
with butter
is better
for tastebuds and soul
than unnatural margerine

mrdardy said...

I hope you don't mind that I 'borrowed' your opening Fib poem for my blog. I'm presenting a project in my math class Tuesday on Fibonacci and I'm including your work as an entertaining opening. I will give credit where it is due, to be sure.

JCJ said...

So
If
Silence
Is the real
First line of a ‘Fib’
It is built on nothing at all

Mellifluous Mr. Marmalade vs. The Platypus said...

Blog.
Jot.
Scribble.
Rush to post
Syllable tidbits,
Our iotas, in this format.

peterm said...

GK, look what you've started!
Super concept. Hmmm, let's try...
-----------
now
dark
the cave
oppressive
revelation path
discoveries of fearful truth
deeply buried beneath petty pointless platitudes
-----------

SDS said...

Hi,
Bye.
Two things,
I detest.
Unfortunately,
for that kind of job i'm the best!

mike said...

In
your
Easter
bonnet with
all the frills upon
it, no chance it stays on your head.

Anonymous said...

An Easter Fib

Eggs
Peeps
Bunny
Where is the chocolate?
The big guy is gone and we live.

Anonymous said...

oops!
Forgot a line and revised a little.

Egg
Peep
Bunny
Chocolate
Full basket of sweet
The big guy is gone and we live.

Anonymous said...

Is
This
The best
Use of time?
Doubtless I could be
Better employed in Suduko

Anonymous said...

The
Time
Has come;
He is here.
Kalki Avatar
Merwan Sheriar Irani

Anonymous said...

The
Bar
Exam
Is known to
Daunt even the most
Assiduous young aspirant!

Anonymous said...

The
Bar
Exam
Is known to
Daunt even the most
Assiduous young aspirant!

Susan Beach said...

That
you
would so
read this thing
and be moved by it
shows the simple power of words.

Anonymous said...

The
gift
that keeps
on giving--
document review!
Lord, please don't let it ever end!

ricklibrarian said...

No
Food
Today.
Our church is
Fasting for Darfur.
When will the world wake up to this?

Krish said...

Ahh!! Fibonacci and the golden ratio(1.618....) luv em, they are invariably found every where in nature..the way the flower petals are arranged, the number of cells in honeycomb,the number of seeds in a sunflower and yeah the way your body is designed....:) I call "em GOD'S OWN NUMBER'S...:)

Kelley White said...

Fib

one
plus one
the ram’s horn
curls equals two plus
one equals three a pentangle
eight plus five, thirteen, the morning glory vine coils out
tender green shoots breach sky more heat new light quick nautilus lays out slick chambers excrete
new calcium accretes its self, greater anteroom
the piglet’s tail winds ecstatic
suckling curls clockwork
flagella
beating
home

Anonymous said...

New
York
Times? Shit.
Something's born,
Says a Shakespeare guy
Who has quit writing poetry.

HANROD said...

NADA FIB

Back

There,

Before

These lines, hides

No, essential, is;

And nonsense called progression.

So too beyond; we regress in

Numbers, grids, attempting wise

Rules on disorder, but

All comes, still, to

This:

HANROD

Colboy1 said...

Note
By
Note I
Know to clear
My throat, to swear my
Oath, to cast my vote, voice of hope

Colboy1 said...

I
Am
Fool,
Not Aloof,
Help me be aloof,
It takes a fool to be aloof.

Mdx said...

Yea
Whatever

Anonymous said...

What?
Write?
Today?
Something smart?
I don't think I can.
I'll come back tomorrow and ty.

Frazzoni said...
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Angela Bonora said...

Why not an italian Fib? as

io, 1
io 1
solo, 2 convergo 3
alla fragile 5
mera noia della vita, 8
vorrei ridestarmi in altro vero mondo 13
dove io, solo io, potessi calarmi in una pace infinita 21

Anonymous said...

If
I
Begin
Thinking LOVE
My heart opens wide
And I am full of God's pure light.

Anonymous said...

New
Born
Baby
Lullaby
Gently into night
Lay in your crib, a bedtime Fib;
Nature's golden ratio dispels the darkness fright

special k said...
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special k said...

sorry for the removal but I forgot #3!

special k said...

So
this
morning
I read the
New York Times story,
a piece divulging the Fib and
I must say, Fibs are quite a fabulous creation.

Claire K said...

I
Am
Am me?
Am I me?
Am I really me?
I am for Sure I think I am?

I love poetry, but this sure is different - mathematical sequences make for interesting poetry

Chris said...

I
Guess
That you
Should not cheat
By dividing long-
er words with hyphenation, huh?

More Here

catnapping said...

Why
wait
for rain,
when there is
a river nearby,
and several buckets to fill?

Anonymous said...

As
If
Math thoughts
Aren't enough
Let's add some english
To make it a little more tough

Roachie said...

Saw
Your
Poem
Format in
English class today
Very interesting, we loved it!

We
Wrote
A few
Of these Fibs
It's a wonderful
Challenge to pen this poem type.

Do
You
Think it's
Still a fib
If we go deeper
In the Fibbonacci pattern?
One kid I know went up to thirty-four, but I
Don't plan to do that many syllables, seeing as I should do homework right now-bye!

Chippy said...

I
Am
The one
Who wrote the
Fib poem with thirty two
Syllables, it took a while to think of
Enough syllables, which I was counting instead. I cant immagine more- very tough

Bill said...

Cool
Stuff
This is
While I wait
For another time
To write a poem again today!

Chippy said...

Whoops!
I
Meant 34
Syllables
I forgot the Fibbonachi sequence!

Anonymous said...

Oh!

No!

Please go ……..

You must not!

For I am betrothed………..

To old Sir Oswald, my liege lord.

You must unhand me now; for I can never be yours.

(Indecipherable) (21)

Have I not made the situation clear? You are at risk of your life! Sir Oswald is handy with his lance, and will skewer you upon it! (34)

Anonymous said...

Why

Do

Critics

Of Dubya

So delude themselves?

Thank God we have a President

Who says "is" when he means "is"
[and no Interned cigar].

M. Ayodele Heath said...

Ok, I've got 3:

They
say,
Dirty
Mexican

But when they need clean,
they ain't callin nobody else!

All
spooks
have eyes.
Blink. Blink. Blink.
We might look dumb, but
the 3rd eye is what'll gitcha

If
was
is not
is, then why
is we still calling
the native man, an Indian?

ejmaffei said...

One
word?
Tricky.
Maddening!
Necessitating
electroencephalograms.

Sunshine said...
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Sunshine said...

Dreams
Bring
Soulful
Expression.
Optimistic Dawn
Rises to the occasion now.

Anonymous said...

Now
I
Cannot
Tell a lie
But I have to say
Telling fibs is great fun for me



-NKD
http://snake.kittycrack.net

Anonymous said...

I know nothing about maths but I love poetry so here is my attempt:

Static

I’m
Thrown
>Open
>Wide open
>And I find you and I
>Inextricably intertwined
>Like an exchange box, a mass of tangled connections
>It’s a miracle any messages get through – your lines are crossed then I’m breaking up
>Assumptions and expectations interfere with love’s clear voice and I secretly fear the static as we reach the next tunnel on the line.

Is this a fib?

e flat maj said...

Please
don't
confuse
me with facts
Max, the table turns
fast, listen to C. Lloyd's sweet sax.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh
choo!
A new
poetry
tickles me and shakes
dust from my imagination.
You may read this quizzically and ask, "Are you fibbing?"

Anonymous said...

Phi
swirls
within
nautilus
and Vitruvius:
proportion’s Golden Ratio.
Whether we know Art History or not, it’s in us.

Anonymous said...

A friend sent me a link to this page. He said "I saw this and thought of you."

Me?
Why?
Really -
It’s too silly.
Fibonacci rhyme?
Seems like great big waste of time.
Don’t these people all have something much better to do?

kprs said...

0-1-1-2-3-5-8-13 ...
I
Like
numbers
that may make
one pay attention
to the interesting features underlying the quaternion operator.

Anna said...

This
looks
like fun.
Writing and
counting syllables
to achieve the perfect sequence.

There!
Did
I do
it the way
I was supposed to?
I may be addicted to this.

khuto said...
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Anonymous said...

chic-
ray
dot com's
my website*
(*I'm pretty sure that
asterixes aren't syllables).

khuto said...

but
why
stop at
eight? fibonacci
numbers go on - here's a 13:

--

the
jain
indian
prosodist
hemachandra once
counted how syllables could scan
thus well before fibonacci were his numbers born

--

and
if
you
care about
what is coming next
why, it's the number 21
immediately, but if we will keep on
fibbing
sooner or later someone will put up a fib ending 34 syllables long

Martyn Oliver said...

"N-
N-
Never",
He stammered,
"Will I hear your words
Without feeling a deep envy."

Anonymous said...

Work
sucks
big time
Why act smart
when blind obedience
is the only way to prosper?

Anonymous said...

win
sucks
apt-get
the best or
die like the rest
choose debian to have big breasts

Anonymous said...

wow!

fun!

lotsa!

algebra...

spirals and circles...

but there's no fibonacci here...

because the word has four syllables, am I not right?


Hugh

The Advisor said...

up
late
again
no slumber
if I can't sleep now
imagine how tired I'll be then

five
days
beyond
her due date
feeling anxious yet
still haven't come up with a name

boy
girl
don't know
doctor says
up to six more days
before anything else happens

Anonymous said...

Wow!
this
looks like
yet another
"magic of numbers"
riddle put into perspective...

Anonymous said...

I like your form. Indeed, the standard haiku form cannot be automatically transferred to another language. This is why in Russia we have introduced and use a lot a new form 'tanketki': a two-line, six-syllable poem with syllables split between lines 2/4 or 3/3. For example, this is how you would write them in English:

just nod
no difference

God forgot
to log off

Of course, tanketki are not suitable for English poetry, and neither haiku are, so I am glad you have invented something specifically for this language.

Just in case, if somebody will be interested, this is the main tanketki web site (of course, in Russian):

http://www.litera.ru/slova/26/

*chic said...

moi
je
voudrais
commencer
un fib en francais
est-ce que cela est faisable?

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Anonymous said...

My
Dog's
Dogma:
Peace to all!
Lovely. Poor, poor beast.
Run over by someone's karma.

Anonymous said...

Let
me
be alone,
for eternity.
transform into what you once were.
fly away, wingless angel and burning paper crane.

David M said...

Came across article on Fibs in newspaper; had to have a go, but...

Oh
No
This is
Harder than
Writing a Haiku
Or making a limerick scan

eXeYed said...

phee, phi, phoe, phumb,
i smell the prose of a mathematician;~)

start
here
divide
syllables
counted in each line
by the count in the line before
each ratio consecutively will come closer to approximate the golden number also known as the divine ratio, or phi.

Anonymous said...

Cough!
Cough!
Atchoo!
Snotty nose.
Don't like being ill -
I hope it's not H5N1.

Anonymous said...

day
night
contrast
eachother
so nicely it's great
possibly so great that it's bad


by martha o'leary

Anonymous said...

Home

Life

Is sublime

With two kids

And a husband divine.

God has blessed us abundantly,

And we remain grateful for our ordinary lives.

Sandy A. said...

One
Loving
Procreate
A generation
Single minds en masse fabricate
History spirals from one, on to be our future

by Sandy A. (Brisbane, Australia 23/4/06) - Fib Poem (Nautilistic Syllabically :o) )

A friend who comments on my Aussie blog lead me to read your site and all about haiku and the fibonacci sequence - how beautiful to connect and unite these two expressions - Thank you Gregory

Anonymous said...

IT
IS
EASY
TO FIB IF
YOU KEEP IT SIMPLE

Anonymous said...

To
Be
Here now
Waiting for
A chance to move on
Is pointless because here I am

Anonymous said...

art
daap
design
writing this
taking naps
pushing more buttons
thinking poetry will save me


www.myspace.com/wearingyourwords

Anonymous said...

don't
fear
unknown
territory
it is where we go
to find what we don't know is lost

Anonymous said...

My
Team
Baseball
The Red Sox
World Series Winners
Johnny Damon can screw himself

sara a. s. said...

Words
are
pathways
to the other.
A highway system
in the nothingness of silence.

sara a. s. said...

When
I
first saw
the blue sea
I thought it was sky
fallen to the earth as tears.

Anonymous said...

Sweat
cry
and sob
all you want
but the life will not
be easy, stand up and deal with it

Anonymous said...

Fun.
Good.
Witty.
Boisterous.
Big Time Relaxation.
Big Fun Synonym Absurdity.

BlogScriber said...

Hi!
Geeks,
And Nerds.
Poetry,
Mixed with Math is fun!
Have you tried to write a Fib yet?

Shanks said...

If
I
Would have
done this thing(fibbing)
a lot more early on
i would 've been a pro by now
But, What the hell,nice to be here now better late than never.
:-}

Norman Darlington said...

there

is

in fact

a blank line

at the very top

isn't that the case? Remember

Fibonacci's first sequential element: zero

Norman Darlington said...

Fibbed haiku:

in
the
town where
I was born
I weep over my
umbilical cord as the year
draws slowly to a tick tock tick tock tick tock tick... close

A loose translation of a haiku by Bashō (1688)

Norman Darlington said...

I've
tried
writing
these fibs in
other languages
but English seems to be best with
its high proportion of monosyllabic words - yeah!

(But I'll keep trying :))

too late said...

Dance
floor
Bright lights
Our movement
together--felt right
Your name? That, I can’t seem to place
But I recall with perfection your beautiful face

Norman Darlington said...

(Probably) the world's first Esperanto fibonaĵo (fib):

en
la
urbo
kie mi
naskiĝis, mi pri
mia umbelika ŝnuro
larmas, dum la jaro malrapide finiĝas

This is again Bashō's umbilical cord haiku as fibbed above in English. You can see that Esperanto is more syllable-hungry than English, so I was able to dispense with the tick-tock-tick bit!

DreddZ said...

My math professor got me into your "fibs" and I enjoyed it so much I took it one step further; I did a fib not counting syllables but letters.

5 Death
8 Which Was
13 Full of Thought,
21 Because His Life Had None.
34 Ignorance is Bliss, And He Was Always Blissfully Dumb.

I also have a pair of fibs for you I call them yin and yang

Yin
Love
Friendship
Thoughts of life
Welcome to my dreams

Yang
Hate
Torture
Thoughts of death
Welcome to my world

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do
DreddZ

Cesar Vo said...
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Matthew said...

One
plus
two equals
two plus four minus
three plus six minus nine plus three.

A
fib
is a
weird poem:
mathematical
logical and poetical.

Let
me
show you
how to make a fib,
use the Fibonacci series.

When
you
jump in
the water
you get very wet,
this is a simple fact of life.

Shanks said...

Dude
Someone
Please explain
This fib thing
Is suppose to be in
A proper fib Sequence, aint it?Ans pls

Gregory K. said...

Why yes, the Fib is supposed to be in a proper sequence: 6 lines and a total of 20 syllables, with the syllables per line being 1/1/2/3/5/8. Examples and a little more description are in this post itself, as well as elsewhere on the blog. Where elsewhere? I can't quite recall, actually. But if you just head on up to the top of the blog, you'll probably find it.

Lynne S said...

Math
Math
is not
too much fun
have an open mind
math is a wonder of numbers

mathkash said...

A
Fib
poem
is as made
up as anything
that I have ever heard of in
my entire life, in fact nothing makes me more sick

Anonymous said...

Yes!
Yes!
How sad.
Damn those Fibs.
Worst things in the world...
Far worse than Darfur and Iraq.

Roselyn Johnson said...

Why?
Where?
How Come?
Did I leave?
Loneliness Abounds.
With memories lost so am I!

Lostcheerio said...

Horse
crap!
I won't cry.
You can't make me cry!
I got my green belt yesterday!

KJ's muse said...

My cat wrote a fib the other day, and invited other kitties on Catster to come up with their own, and they did. Thanks for a fun pastime!

cats
love
basking
in puddles
of delicious sun
worshipping their giver of light

It's probably not very good, but hey, she's only a cat!

Anonymous said...

3 -5.

Start off nice!
You know that won't last...
Oh no!
Now things will get worse and worse.
I've got a bad feeling about this...
If I can't say something positive, I'll just have to end the poem.

16 -10.

Ideally, I'd like this poem to alternate eternally.
I don't think oscillation is stable,
But I'll give it my best!
This project's doomed.
But, wait!
Uh-oh!

011010110 said...

1Hi.
1Uh...
2What's up?
3Can I play?
5Cool; this sounds like fun.
8What's this game called? Fibonacci?
13Never played that before; is someone here keeping score?
21Well, I don't see any cards or dice, and there isn't any board--how do we play?

BMR & MAM said...

Hello from France
Oeil
Nez
Bouche
Visage
Toucher le tien
Embrasser tes lèvres rouges.
Something like :
Eye
Nose
Mouth
Face
Touch your face
Kiss your red lips.
http://bmr-mam-web.over-blog.com/

shawnchin said...

First
Fib
The storm,
came and gone.
Where is my rainbow
To lead me to my pot of gold

ALAN said...

Hi
I
am in
the sixth grade.
I like skateboarding.
I am getting better in Math.

hot rode said...

I
love
this king
of school work.
I like to be on
computer and to become
smart

butters said...

Hi
Hi
Kenny
and cartmen
what do you want hu
We what you to come out and play

Allen said...

Hi
I'm
Allen.
I like bikes.
I like to meet friends.
Would you like to become my friend?

molly said...

Hi
my
name is
Molly. I
have brown hair and blue eyes.
I like basketball to play.

TIM said...

fnh T
TIM
TIMMY
TIMOTHY
TIMOTHY IRA
TIMOTHY IRA MCMILLION

Johnboy said...

I
Will
never
eat sweet,sour,
and watermelon
if I think it will be good some

Emerson said...

my
girl
my girl
tiffani
is a funny girl
she is a wounderful girl too

Frosty said...

my
ex
Jackie
is a pain
she is a pain in
oh no she has found me writing...

Kelsey R. said...

I
like
horses
that are cute
and belong to me
and will win races someday soon

Kelsey R. said...

I
like
horses
that are cute
and belong to me
and will win races someday soon

Gregory K. said...

Thought I'd post two Fibs of mine I found today since I know some of y'all don't journey out to the rest of the blog (where I also posted 'em). Two pop-culture Fibs:

No.
No!
It's fixed!
Voted off?
Demand a recount!
Damn you, American Idol.

Yikes!
Lost.
This sucks.
I told you,
Always, yes, always
Turn left at Albuquerque.

Anonymous said...

"Once
Twice
Three times
A lady
And I luh-ove you."
Seventies music sure was weak.

Gregory K. said...

For all you Fibbers out there, here's a potentially interesting opportunity: The Fib Review. After all the contests and such, this looks to be a bit more leisurely.

Anonymous said...

One
Two
One two!
Through and Through.
Poor Jabberwocky
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack.

Anonymous said...

Stars
Moons
Planets
Galaxies
Whole universes
Waiting to be explored by us

Erik Burch said...

-Fibs
-not
-haikus
-can always
-expand to become
-whatever length is convenient.
-although the classic ends at the eight sylable line,
-the sequence is infinite and the poem can be extended indefinitly
-to demonstrate this princlple, this poem could have ended at any of the previous three lines and it would have satisfied the form.

Anonymous said...

E'
nel
vespro
oscuro
un'illusione,
innocuo strano astro
piano farà una scia,combinazione?

Fabrizio said...

what do you think about my italian fib?

Fabrizio said...

hi,i'm Fabrizio,an italian maths student,this is my fib,do you like it?is it good?

it
is
better
to wish
in any case
to have a good idea!

Gregory K. said...

Fabrizio -- lovely Italian Fib, and I like the English one, though I think you fell off pattern. But considering that I sometimes fall off syllable count in my NATIVE tongue, I'm still utterly impressed!

Fabrizio said...

hello!another english fib,is it better Gregory?

it
is
a fib:
fun math poem,
a perfect version
of a Fibonacci sequence!

Smiley said...
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Anonymous said...

I
hate
a mess.
Why don't you
wash a dish or two?
Lazy roommates are killing me!

Anonymous said...

To ricklibrarian,

Why
not
focus on
the misery here,
in your country, not in Darfur?
No need to travel across the world to help others.
Charity begins in the home.
Americans can
use help from
your
church.

Anonymous said...
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TheOther1 said...

I love this! So unique and creative, Thank you!

Dirk Griffin said...

I've adapted this form into a turn. This can be viewed in depth on my site: Simple Things

(along with several uninteresting rants).

Here a a couple of examples:

Hurricane Season
the
air
churning
stirring waves
beating the coastline
until the silence of the eye
when the waves renew
they batter
until
the
end

Joy
It
was
a bright
so cheery
morning when we met
from that meeting our happiness
has come to be us
you and I
are
joy

Anonymous said...

No
More
Bullshit!
Howard Stern
Howard One Hundred
A Sirius Revolution!!

Anonymous said...

Red
Blue
Orange
Indigo
Yellow, Green, Purple
To be fibbish: Roy G. Bip!

steve said...

inverted fib

Kylie said...
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Kylie said...

I'm just another writer who has recently become obsessed with fibs! I have a few on my site (aworthypost.blogspot.com) along with a few other pieces. Any comments you have would be wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hi i'm Fabrizio, a maths italian student...help me please!!!
i'm working at my degree thesis about Fibonacci numbers, i want to start it with a fibs (of course!), but i'm not sure that it sounds good or more simply if it is right or not,help me i will be grateful to you. This is the fibs that i have thinked:

it
is
a fib:
math and poem,
a perfect version
of a Fibonacci sequence.

Gregory K. said...

Fabrizio -- cool idea starting with a Fib. The word "poem" however has two syllables, so your fourth line is actually FOUR syllables instead of three.

I don't actually have an easy solution off the top of my head, other than dropping the "and"... but I'm not sure that would be exactly what you mean!

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Fabrizio said...

it
is
a fib:
math,poem,
a perfect version
of a Fibonacci sequenze.

is it better Gregory?

Gregory K. said...

Yes, it is indeed correct on all syllables. Does it also work in Italian???

madamedekeravel said...

viens

mon coeur
mon bébé
viens prendre ta claque
avoue que tu l'as bien méritée

viens

mon coeur
mon bébé
viens que je t'embrasse
toi que j'aime plus que tout au monde

I wrote a page on fibhaiku (in french ...) to be on the web today (sept 18). Come and visit me !

Fabrizio said...

E'
nel
vespro
oscuro
un'illusione,
innocuo strano astro
piano farà una scia,combinazione?

Gregory this is my italian fib!!!

Fabrizio said...

I
WANT
TO BE
WHAT I CAN
TO SAY WITH THE WORDS:
REASON, POETRY AND FREEDOM!

Fabrizio said...

I
WANT
TO BE
WHAT I CAN
TO SAY WITH THE WORDS:
REASON, POETRY AND FREEDOM!

Pearl said...

phee!
phi
foe fum-
bled digits;
golden rule of thirds
stolen down beanstalk from giants

Anonymous said...

high
low
look where
ever you
go shout and scout
and do not forget look about

Anonymous said...

George
First
U.S.
President
Chopped down cherry tree
This "truthful" tale a fib and lie.

Coming at you from the DC area, HOME of the fib, I mean lie, oops? did I say that out loud? I meant sound bite.

TruthBeTold said...

Let's
hope
U.S.
Democrats
Don't screw up so bad
The Republicans get back in.

Mirodelphiki said...

Creation's Allusion:

One perished unto creation
One Denied in-existence
only Two find suggestio-falsi
- Comfort -
- Within -
- Creation -


Rebirth:

Rest precede birth;
Birth precede death;
Enquire:
rest
sleep
sleep again
sleep once more
thus to sleep never again

John Duffus said...

Extract from FIB - a play in three acts by John Duffus (1707)


Drust: Tongueland halt!
Your brazen patterns stilled
Faint traces remain
Repeat then fade

Gatt: Mortar fused with spark of life
Must claim its length in soil and stone
Severe, it mocks our feeble span
Of gurgling years and gushing tears
And though our craft is buoyed with guile
Flagged with conquest cut with style
It comes in lead is clad in copper
Cast in anger clipped in paper
Lined with coin …in ocean floundered

Diane E. Main, GCT NorCal 2006 said...

Sleep
Dream
Falling
Screaming, but
No one can hear me
Just before I hit the ground, I
Wake up in a cold sweat, wondering what just happened.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff, i love haiku, now I can love this.

a
long
number
trail that runs
forever, leading
to beauty, golden ratios,
the way home along the spiral path, from flowerheads
to galaxies, following god's curving script, his sacred signature hides everywhere.

a
long
number
trail that runs
forever, making
beauty with golden ratios
spirals in infinity found everywhere you look
a face, a shell, a flowerhead, a galaxy; it's like the signature of god
and goes on and on, building, like life, upon itself, a perfect interrelationship, self-contained, an exponential something-special

and now one in the zen-spirit of haiku:

fish
swims
in his
gallon bowl
then, a popping noise
did he just demand to be fed?

(It's probably possible, but can one do the pure-observation zen-spirit in longer forms? It seems hard to write without adding judgements outside of a little burst like haiku or a short Fib...)

Jill said...

my
own
heaven:
library
holds the world entire
within its rows of dusty shelves

denise31 said...

un
jeu
le fibs
alliant
maths et poésie
nous donnera tout pleins d'amis

Jill said...

snooze
sleep
slumber
sweet repose
sorry if i drool
(stayed awake far too late last night)

NancyOz said...

You
Are
Unique.
Yes you are.
I read from afar.
You are a new bright shining star.

Anonymous said...

Please
Leave
Comments.
You’ll answer
Pink Floyd’s great question:
Is there anybody out there?

Kid Reader said...

How's this?

Hey
Greg
Great Blog!
I love fibs!
Fibs are great puzzles
Good things to keep you up all night!

Kid Reader said...

fruits
yum
apples
bananas
pears and oranges
whoa, you can write fruit fibs all day

Jena Strong said...

Just
placed
some fibs
on my blog
it's bullseye, baby!
I hope you'll have a little look:

http://bullseyebaby.blogspot.com/2007/04/fibonacci.html

John Mutford said...

With Damocles’ sword crystallized,
drips exclaiming spring
d e c i p h e r
Winter’s
l a s t
code
!


--John Mutford

annerose said...

These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.

Jena Strong said...

My latest:

http://bullseyebaby.blogspot.com/2007/06/new-fibs.html

Best,

Jena

Liz in Ink said...

Whoaaa... I sense the great possibility of addiction here. I'm late to this, but it sounds fun....

danae sinclair said...

i
was
crap at
math at school
however this is
really very interesting

Blackpool Hotels said...

Maynard Keenan did this on Lateralus (the song) on Lateralus (the album) in 2001.
The sequence here is by the syllables in the words (not the words themselves).

I
Guess
That you
Should not cheat
By dividing long-
er words with hyphenation, huh?

Posted By Blackpool Hotels
Date: 19th September 2007

musical ecards said...

Wow!
I
Love this
Idea.

Christine said...

Your
blog,
savvy
new ideas
for me to enjoy.
Thank you for sharing all the fun

Adie said...

Here's an anagram of your very first Fib --

One
Small,
Precise,
Poetic,
Spiraling mixture:
Math plus poetry yields the Fib.
=
HISTORY

I,
A
Pincus,
Completed
This first example.
Pure poetry began. I'll smile.

Gregory K. said...

Wow, Adie. That's remarkable. What even gave you the idea of trying that?

FWIW, I liked it so much that I posted your Fib right here... where others have quickly agreed it's impressive indeed....

Thanks for stopping by, oh mystery Fibber....

Poetryman said...

one
one
two ducks
in the water
swimming to the opposite shore.
as silver birds ply the true, blue sky

Christine said...

THanks for commenting on readwritepoem. I really need to link to your site directly. I linked to the site where I learned about this form, but she learned it from you. So, I'll link!

One More Believer said...

recently introduced to fib...

grass
grows
freely
surrounding
chattering spirits
as if waiting at a bus stop

and now with April writing month.. continuing on...im hooked...

Supa G said...

Discovered "fibbery" via NY Times via ThinkMap Visual Thesaurus. Very cool! Here is my first fib:

words
like
raindrops
incessant
dripping through my brain
captured and transformed: poetry

Ewan said...

Fib
bone
achy:
twenty six
mile running sequence
will do that to you every time.

music said...

What do you mean?

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nloveland said...

bye
bye
my love
we can't be
close enough to hold
each other in our arms tonight!

Ashley Marie

cricket news said...

nice blog!!!

Richard said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I love Fib Poetry.Here's my contribution to the cause.

Lies



Fibs,

Like

All lies,

Can fester.

A wound that ne’er heals;

Tearing a friendship asunder.

R. A. Giron

Rycharde Manne said...

Hi Gregory
Many thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and setting the record straight. Rather surprised you found it so quickly! Ah, the mysteries of how information travels.
thanks again
Rych

Joseph J. Breunig 3rd said...

WOW! That's really clever - to have created your own poetic form. Having a BA in Mathematics and self-publishing my own book of poetry, I'm a bit jealous. LOL

Joe Breunig
http://www.squidoo.com/book-isbn-1419650513

uiyui said...
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online writing editing jobs said...

First time learner
I am
also greatly appreciating your wording
due to its affect
on having my brain really think
whether Fib or not
I like this a lot

Ragriav said...

-You
-Me
-Can’t be?
-Tis a dream
-Only hope remains
-But in the end, the choice is yours
-To leave it as hopes and dreams, or to make it much more

-Hate
-Death
-Anger
-Destruction
-Despair clouds the mind
-Anguish tortures the empty soul

And a fun mindless one:
Ha
Ha
Ha ha
Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha ha
My god, I am going insane

Anonymous said...

I used live in Chicago (the best town in USA)and presently I'am living in Brazil. I love the Japanese literature and HAIKAI is the one that I like most. Today I found out about FIB and I have to thank very much for share with us the beauty of FIB. For sure I gonna try to write something soon!
Regards. Mariza

camara oculta said...

"Pink Floyd’s great question:
Is there anybody out there?"
I knew it, there is definitely something very queer but familiar with this post you have Mister Gregory, and yes it is Pink Floyd after all.

Kate said...

the Fib! great article. Pink floyd's question has been answered already. We are here.

Mike O'Donnell said...

Can a reversed Fib tell the truth? biF? Euclid? How else may we

Know the sound
of one
hand
clap-

?

Not the same as
a single
clap,
although ...

Only the hand that
erases
may write
a
truth

But of course I am
not the first
to love
the
last

Mike O'Donnell said...

Thus spake Gregory K: "The word 'poem' however has two syllables, ..."

Yet the word "poem," pronounced properly, has but one syllable.

When I was young I started to roam;
I travelled far from my old Bayonne;
I got so sad that I wrote down this poem:
I wrote an ode to New Jersey

"Da Rolling Mills of New Jersey," sung by Bottle Hill Band

Mike O'Donnell said...

Et tu, William? Then die, ...

it
is
a tale
Told by an
idiot, full of
sound and fury, Signifying ...

Anonymous said...

t....I don't blog so I can't link....but you are now on my "Favorite Blogs" to check each day. Need to get a coffee to sit and get to know you - your've written so much and I have arrived at the party a little late!
(not a blogger, but hopefully not a

SÓ COM A POESIA said...

Hello! I created a topic about Fibs a website of Brazilian writers: http://recantodasletras.uol.com.br/forum/index.php?topic=4557.0

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