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.

Shyness

Fish
dive
deeply,
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…..)

Ego

She
will
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.

Heaven

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

Comments

  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.

    Black
    and
    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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