Oulipost #4: Harmony, A Fibonacci Sequence for Two Voices

In a Fibonacci sequence, each term is the sum of the two terms immediately preceding it; typically with 1 as the first term: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5,8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on.

Select an article from your newspaper and create a poem using the words that correspond with the numbers in the sequence. Your poem will take the form of first word, first word, second word, third word, fifth word, eighth word, thirteenth word, etc. You can continue until you’ve run out of words in your article or until you’re happy with the poem’s conclusion.

I was mourning all the lovely words I was passing over in order to comply with the rules. Nothing satisfied, so I chose 2 articles,  arranged my Fibonacci sequences side -by-side and let them harmonize.


A                                             close, close look at


a decade before

colossal                                night


officials                                 be, with, for

protect                                 elsewhere

remove                               premier sounds

miles                                     into her


Sourced from Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 4, 2014

Two articles harmonizing: Close Look at Soviet Oppression, Ann Murphy

County Considered Buying Homes in Slide Area, Phuong Lee


About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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1 Response to Oulipost #4: Harmony, A Fibonacci Sequence for Two Voices

  1. What a nice arrangement! So many great ideas amoungst the Ouliposters. 🙂

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