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.
The Fib Review Issue #12 has the largest volume of poems we've published in any one issue, with an international community of poets representing Asia, Canada, Gambia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Tunisia, the UK, and the US.
These Fibonacci poems, both syllable count and word count, range from simple themes to haunting and sensitive tales. A testament to the poets' skills using the restrictive Fibonacci form with several poets coming to The Fib Review after having been published in Shot Glass Journal, Muse-Pie Press' journal of short poetry.
Returning to the journal are several poets that we've published in previous issues of the journal. More importantly, there are sixteen poets new to The Fib Review who add to the humorous, thoughtful, powerful and moving poems in its pages, using both traditional and experimental styles.
We hope you enjoy The Fib Review Issue #12.
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.