Sunday, April 16, 2006

Next time you start a meme....

call the Times. Of course, it helps if slashdot has turned it into a phenomenon, but some of us don't read it....

This one, sent to me by my mother, is Fibonacci Poems, using the number theory sequence of sums (adding the previous two numbers to get the next one: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, ad infinitum) as the syllable counter. The first line, technically, is a silent one....

Standard "Fibs" stop at line six (seven, technically) and go like this:
My mother
Sent this article
To her blogger haiku writer
I think the silent line deserves a notation: [breath] [silence] [sigh], etc. could add a bit of expressive depth
Think movies
Are worth studying
While the syllabus goes unread?
The originator is a writer of all kinds of poetry, actually, but it's exciting to get noticed.

Best headline he's gotten so far was in German: "Haiku are yesterday; fibs are today"

I think the cascading structure of the fib has real potential, if used carefully. But the haiku ain't going anywhere.
Sonnets still exist
Limericks still have some life
Haiku will survive
[all poetry in this post is original]

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