Linda Studley

Can't Put the Pen Down…

Fibonacci Rules

that form
poetry is a less
valid expression of true
emotion or insight than vers libre poems,
do you? There is a symmetry
to it. Fibonacci
makes our


Fibonacci – the sum of the number of letters in the last two lines equals the number of letters in the next line (I also reversed this). So start with 0 and 1, 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+2=5 etc….(1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21…)

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6 thoughts on “Fibonacci Rules

  1. Reading this reminded me of one I wrote in the fall of ’73

    View from a Braille Bump

    There is a wind from the southeast
    causing a great cold melancholy
    in the trees of the boulevards
    in the faces of the people

    I do not think it is just a sign of winter.
    Draw a line, any line and anyone can
    make a thousand words of it.
    Write a word, any word and…


    I was feeling haunted in those days.

  2. This is good! — but what about doing it with syllables instead of letters? I think that’s be even cooler. 😉

  3. Tony Crafter on said:

    Good one! I agree with the sentiments that, by imposing form-constraints on yourself, it does not stifle the liberating quality of composing free verse. Indeed, I’ve found that it can open up areas of creativity and ideas that you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered . I’ve loved Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do Not Go gentle…’ for years but hadn’t realised, until somebody told me, that it’s a villanelle.

    Aha! That’s my challenge to you… Write a villanelle!


    • One of my favourites too, Tony! I think ‘Do Not Go Gentle…’ is just about the epitome of what a villanelle should and can be. I’ve tried my hand at villanelles and enjoyed its possibilities. I guess that’s the trick to writing with forms – seeing what is usually considered a constraint as a challenge to dig deeper, craft more carefully, and make each word count.

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