The Fib

by coelomic

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

You have probably read this elsewhere on the web, the new found craze to construct small poems that conform to the constraints of the Fibonacci series.

The “Fib” — so named by GottaBook blogger Gregory K. Pincus — is a tightly written poem that uses the Fibonacci sequence as its inspiration.

The Fibonacci progression is a mathematical formula that starts with 0 and 1 and then continues to add numbers that are equal to the sum of the previous two numbers. In other words, one starts with 0 and 1, and then produces the next Fibonacci number by adding the two previous Fibonacci numbers. The first Fibonacci numbers are 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, …

To write a Fib, a more complicated version of the classic, highly constrained haiku, the poet composes a six-line poem that has the correct number of syllables in each line corresponding to each digit in the sequence.

The Fibonacci sequence plays a prominent part in the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code.

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