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June 2007 Poets Page

 

 

A celebration of poetry written by members and friends of the MuseItUp Club. Submissions are invited for this page.*

 

Fibonacci Poems or “Fibs”

Examples and an explanation by Pamela A. Shirkey

 

Winter's Warning

 

Snow

Falls.

Silent flakes

Drifting down

Beautiful and deep.

Death can hide behind a white mask.

………………..

 

What is a Fib? It's a 20 syllable poem with a syllable count by line of 1/1/2/3/5/8 -the classic Fibonacci sequence. These sequences have long been part of various poetic structures. However, "the Fib" is a Gregory K. Pincus take on the idea. Read about it here in the New York Times article:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/38tpkr

 

What are Pincus' rules governing Fibs? The most important thing other than the syllable count of 1/1/2/3/5/8 is that all rules can be broken.

 

Fibbing focuses on word choice and a rule that some Fib writers hold themselves to is "no articles or conjunctions in the ONE syllable lines." 


There's definitely a difference between good Fibs and ones that read like a 20 syllable sentence broken into Fib form. Often, that difference is in focusing on those two one-syllable lines: "Fish/swim." is a stronger start than "He/is." If there's a natural break between the lines, it usually reads better. If a thought can finish at a line end, that's great. Some writers love using the eight-syllable line in counterpoint or as a thought of its own.

Then there are Fibs that tend to fall into subsets: Pop Culture Fibs, Rhyming Fibs (Traditionally, Fibonacci poetry is not a rhyming form. But it CAN rhyme.), and Fibs that fib are three examples mentioned on Pincus' site. Fibs can have a title but try to limit it to fewer that seven words.

 

I would like to add SciFi Fibs to the genre - Fibs that have a science fiction or fantasy theme similar to SciFiKu (haiku with speculative fiction subjects http://www.scifaiku.com). 

  

My Ganymede Girl

 

Her

scales

are smooth.

Her teeth sharp.

Snakes writhe in her hair.

Interspecies love conquers all.

....................

 

Astronaut's Lament

 

Cold

dark

coffin

floats through space.

Once an explorer -

Now a tomb aimed toward distant stars.

....................

 

Kubrick's Space Odessey

 

Hands

fling

weapons.

Bones fly up

morphing into bombs

hanging over our heads in space.

....................

 

Now that you know how a Fib poem is created, why don't you give it a whirl?

Pamela A. Shirkey

 

Of all the writing that Pam Shirkey does -- professional, technical, advertising copy, editing, non-fiction articles and interviews -- she enjoys fiction writing the most. She has had numerous fiction pieces published and has won writing prizes in haiku, poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative non-fiction. She is one of the contributing authors featured in The Muse On Writing book and is currently working on a dark fantasy novel.

*Send poetry submissions to underamuse@yahoo.com.au .

Please include the words “Muse Marquee Poetry Submission” in the subject line. Special themes for the next months are nature and animals.

 

The Poets Page is edited by Les Stephenson.