The Found Poetry Review offered an intriguing prompt today: using a combination of the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio to pull text from books for raw material for Found Language Poems. Here’s the relevant site: http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/blog/poetry-prompt-the-golden-ratio/
The rules were as follows:
Follow these steps to create your poem:
- Select a book from your shelf.
- Use the Fibonacci sequence to identify the page numbers to which you will refer: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377…
- Turn to the first page and count the number of lines. Divide the total number of lines by the golden ratio (1.61803398875) and round to the nearest whole number.
- The text in the resulting line will be the first line of your poem. So if your page is 25 lines long, you will use line number 15.
- Turn to the next number in the sequence (page 2) and repeat the same process outlined above.
- Once you have recorded all the lines of the poem, it is acceptable to revise by removing words, fixing tenses, and changing punctuation.
- Lines should stay in original order, but it is OK to change line breaks by combining them.
- You may choose not to begin with page 1 of your source text.