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Thank you to Ed. Giacomo Pope, who envisioned and created Neutral Spaces, an ad-free and independent online space where writers could host a webpage to highlight their work, and interact with each other. Upon the site’s one-year anniversary, Pope edited a magazine of member work. He said:
Every single piece … is a product of someone’s love and attention. Something totally special to them. If I could ask anything of you as a reader, I encourage you to reach out to the writers who you connect with. Send them a tweet or an email. Tell them you read their work. Talk about how it made you feel. We’re all doing our best, and we’re all still learning. I think the internet’s ability to facilitate these kinds of conversations is the most beautiful thing.
I read through the entire magazine, and Tweeted about 20 stories, poems, and hybrid works that I connected with at some spiritual level. Included in the magazine are many names familiar to a reader of contemporary literature and experimental journals.
The work I am honored to include is “Three Fibonacci Microstructures.” These are hybrid forms — somewhat narrative, somewhat concrete poetry, that count characters and symbols according to the Fibonacci sequence (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and etc) They make very satisfying and pleasing shapes, and these shapes add meaning to the content by forcing choices that mirror the form. I like writing these very much as work to puzzle over. I limited the boundaries of the sequence so that the work would fit all sized screens.
Pope recommended that I explore the OULIPO school of writing, which I am doing at the moment. I was thinking, there is nothing new one can do with language. What ever ideas one has about sentences, we are all unalone in this world.
Thank you for stoping by. Here are “Three Fibonacci Microstructures” at Neutral Spaces.