Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Whilst perusing my latest copy of SEED magazine, I came across an interesting poetry structure not unlike a haiku. What I’m talking about is “the Fib,” which is a poetic structure based on the Fibonacci sequence; the lines consist of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 (and so on) syllables. While SEED published the “fib” poetry of Jason Zuzga, I thought I’d try my hand at them in my very own forum right here.


mouths agape,
fins proud and ragged,
filtering the oceans apart
until shimmer-hooked and then flopping in boat bottoms,
when gills heave, gasp, drowning in air; eyes glaze
like dropped marbles, clouded and cracked, but holding.

(More under the fold…..)


nod as
you pass her
and you both will know
you are young and raw, half-bitten,
spitten in disgust like fruit picked before its season.


jump back
on the trees,
a reverse whirlwind
and an impossible sunset
seeking their origins, the life from whence they came.


  1. #1 JD
    June 28, 2006

    Tool did a very nice song called Lateralus with a pattern in the singing based on the fibonacci sequence.

    White are
    All I see
    In my infancy
    Red and yellow then came to be
    Reaching out to me
    Lets me see

    etc etc…

  2. #2 Ponzicar
    June 29, 2006

    Now I’m curious about what the record number of lines is for a fib poem. Lines 8 and above will quickly go from run on sentences to strangely formatted novels.

  3. #3 noise
    June 29, 2006

    I dig it. Structural approaches to composition seem to reap benefits – but then all approaches do. Mind you, this approach has velocity.

    And velocity is exciting…

  4. #4 Nick Anthis
    August 3, 2006

    I love it: Fibonacci sequence-based poetry. Now, let’s see a non-scientist poet come up with something like that!

  5. #5 David Ng
    August 3, 2006

    That’s great. You should submit some of this stuff to the SCQ

  6. #6 Shelley Batts
    August 3, 2006

    Hmm, ok then, I will!

  7. #7 HL
    October 25, 2006

    I find some of the fib alluring but not especially creative. There is, for example, the golden spiral for which it stands:

    You might like to visit my blog where at least one
    Saturday, June 03, 2006
    The Genderation of Two & More

    Wake up Honey before Ants Smell the Roses

    employs a geometric progression and if you keep looking through the dark stack (archives) Fibnacci makes an appearance too.

    My poetic word playground is scientificly based <-)

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