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National Poetry Month, Fibonacci, and Java

Posted by joconner on April 21, 2006 at 1:50 PM PDT

Some of the best Java programmers I know have an artistic side. When I first started working at Sun Microsystems many years ago, I was amazed that so many people play musical instruments, write short stories and fiction, perform in plays, and even dabble in poetry. Many of you closet poets may be interested to know that April is National Poetry Month.

If you enjoy poetry and a little geekiness too, you'll be amused to know about a new poetry format I recently discovered. The new poetry meter is based on the Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci or "fib" poems have 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8 syllables per line.

More info on fibs and Fibonacci:

Now here's my first try:

Sleek,
Plain,
Precise,
Elegant,
Economic words
May change the way we spin our tales.

OK, not great, but it's a start! Every year my family (1 wife, 5 kids) spends a week in Yosemite. As we hike, climb, and swim, we make up haiku. It's great fun. This year, we'll try a change in format. We're definitely going to try fibs.

And oh yea, Java...almost forgot. I found a couple Java applets that help create poetry:

Hmmm...I didn't do a good job of pulling National Poetry Month, Fibonacci, and Java all together, but it was fun trying...

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