The Fibonacci poem explained – submitted by Leonard Dabydeen
The Fib Review Issue #24
The Fib Review Issue #24 features new and returning poets from Australia, Guam, Ireland, Italy, Phillipines, the UK and the US.
Since 2006 The Fib Review has been an online poetry journal that specializes in only one particular poetry form – the Fibonacci poem. Submissions are carefully selected for publication based on their poetic value and their adherence to the Fibonacci number sequence whether in syllable count, word count or any other experimental genre yet to be created.
We hope you enjoy The Fib Review Issue #24.
What is a Fib?
The Fibonacci poem is a poetry form based on the structure of the Fibonacci number sequence. For those unfamiliar with the Fibonacci Sequence, it is a mathematical sequence in which every figure is the sum of the two preceding it. Thus, you begin with 1 and the sequence follows as such: 1+1=2; then in turn 1+2=3; then 2+3=5; then 3+5=8 and so on. The poetry sequence therefore consists of lines of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on with each number representing the number of syllables or words that a writer places in each line of the poem. As a literary device, it is used as a formatted pattern in which one can offer meaning in any organized way, providing the number sequence remains the constancy of the form.
The subject of the Fibonacci poem has no restriction, but the difference between a good fib and a great fib is the poetic element that speaks to the reader. No longer just a fun form to write as a math student, the poets who write Fibonacci poems have replaced the ‘geek’ with the poet.
Alberta Burning by Leonard Dabydeen
wind dancing in heat
homes crumble to coals and ashes
people now sleeping with eyes open at this nightmare.
They will return to a ghost haunting the land with fire
each shelter smouldering in rage
how can they dampen
This Long Walk: Syria By Leonard Dabydeen
We only know this road
by the sole of our feet
moccasins have lost their heels
depriving us of privilege
to satiate gaited comfort
but we walk
numb in the heat
heedless of the callouses
we neither know pain
nor feel aches
all we know
as the end comes
a plethora of emotions
rides with our dreams
in this long walk.
Bio – Leonard Dabydeen
Leonard Dabydeen is a Guyanese-born Canadian freelance writer. He was a teacher in Guyana and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Guyana. He is a Licensed Paralegal under the L.S.U.C., and a Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits in Ontario. He is a poetry contributor to social media web, Facebook, and PoemHunter.com. He is also a contributing writer in the Triveni, India’s Literary and Cultural Quarterly, with book reviews in the South Asian magazine to include: Finding the Mother by Mydavolu V. Sathyanarayana, Nomadic Nights by Indira Babbellapati, Biography of an Unknown Woman by Indira Babbellapati, Echo by Indira Babbellapati, Vignettes of the Sea (Foreword) by Indira Babbellapati, and M.K. Gandhi, by Ram Sahadeo. His WordPress blog is titled: Poems Jogging in the Mind. Author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems (2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys & Fibonacci Poems (2015). Read more on his latest book at link below: