Friday, February 4, 2011

AWP avoids mathematics

I am currently attending the 2011 AWP* Conference and am disappointed that none of the sessions involves connections of writing with mathematics -- this disappointment has prodded me to write the Fib that I include below. (Recall that a Fib is a poem whose successive line-syllable counts follow the **Fibonacci seqence -- the numbers that count the petals on a flower, the spirals of seedheads on a pine cone or pineapple, and many other natural things.) 

   I am
   the AWP
   Conference and wondering why
   those who make poems avoid mathematics, won't try
   new patterns but stick to the old. 
   Explore new frameworks
   for words. Dare
   to count

*AWP stands for "The Association of Writers and Writing Programs" and has brought nearly ten thousand visitors to Washington DC hotels during February 2-5, 2011. 
**The first ten numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 22, 35, 57, -- and each succeeding number is the sum of the two previous.
Fibs also have been included in these previous blog postings:  31 October 2010, 29 April 2010, and 19 April 2010.

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