FIB Poetry… his and mine

FIB Poetry… his and mine 

Fib is an experimental Western poetry form, bearing similarities to haiku, but based on the Fibonacci sequence. That is, the typical fib and one version of the contemporary Western haiku both follow a strict structure. The typical fib is a six line, 20 syllable poem with a syllable count by line of 1/1/2/3/5/8 – with as many syllables per line as the line’s corresponding place in the Fibonacci sequence; the specific form of contemporary Western haiku uses three (or fewer) lines of no more than 17 syllables in total. The only restriction on a Fib is that the syllable count follow the Fibonacci sequence. An example of a typical fib:

Spiraling mixture:
Math plus poetry yields the Fib.
— Pincus, Gregory K.


The other day Atreya Sarma posted the following fib on Muse :


By U Atreya Sarma, Feb 16, 2010
Greenfield, Wisconsin,

You, male or female? 




“Why ask me?

Your damn doubt itself

Answers, I’m guilty of neither.”


A Fib with its 1-1-2-3-5-8 syllable count

I liked the above FIB and sent my response as under :   

Dear Atreyaji,  really uber-c-o-o-l  ! Here is an attempt to copy you, but I am sure your original will remain the best :  

Me Tarzan

And you Jane?

Me Tsunami

You Hurricane?

Let’s meet at the swanky club

And share a peg at its pub

See what develops and whirls all around

If not, I go to my swing on tree-tops

And you will go back to your lonely lane! 

J S Broca, New Delhi
Feb 16, 2010 

Here is Atreya ji’s response to my novel attempt at FIB-bing !

Dear Brocaji, Your twosome is quite a gusty awesome. Whereas mine is a conventional 6-liner Fib with a 1-1-2-3-5-8 affair, yours is a novel 9-line ‘FIBROCA’ with a 3-3-4-4-7-7-10-10-10 syllable count. A good innovation. Warm regards.

U Atreya Sarma, Greenfield, Wisconsin
Feb 16, 2010


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