Left-Handed Poems

Left-Handed Poems
Type: Structure, Style, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other Requirement
Description: A quatrain rhymed abab where the first three lines lead the reader in one direction, then the fourth line shocks by pulling the whole meaning of the poem in a different direction.
Technically, this could be any poem which starts out misleading the reader, but the developer, Johnn Schroeder, tended toward the abab quatrains. It is more of a style than a form in that sense.
Attributed to: Johnn Schroeder
Origin: American
Schematic: abab
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 4
Line/Poem Length:         4

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My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his years of work on the wonderful Poetrybase resource.

My example

The Daisies Were the Clue

I did not shirk with my home work; my teacher’d made it clear
that in her view I’d better do the work and get on track.
There was enough quality stuff beginning to appear
but then I saw the fatal flaw; it wasn’t my knapsack.

(c) Lawrencealot – October 22, 2014

Côte

The Côte is an invented form that is constructed of uneven couplets.
It is attributed to Johnn Schroeder and found at Poetry Base. Why it carries the name Côte, which is French for coast, I have yet to figure out. 
The Côte is:
stanzaic, it may be written in any number of couplets.
structured as an uneven couplet, L1 being a single imperative verb, L2 is a glossing or expansion of L1.
written with meter and rhyme at the discretion of the poet.

The Sea Dreamer by Judi Van Gorder
 

Dream,
exploring the seascape of the mind.
Create,
tapping first the soul and then the skill.
Sail
into the horizon of possibilities.

 

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

 

 

Côte

Type:
Structure, Other Requirement
Description: This is a poem in unequal couplets. The first line is one verb in the imperative mood followed by a comma. The second line expands on the why or is a gerund phrase expanding on how.
Attributed to: Johnn Schroeder
Origin: American
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 2

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My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his years of work on the wonderful Poetrybase resource.

 

My Example

Marriage

Mingle,
Mix and blend, enjoy the place
Meet,
Chance upon receptive face
Mate,
Conjoin for better life for two
Mourn,
When there’s but one of you.

© Lawrencealot – October 10, 2014

 

 

Johnn

Johnn
Type: Structure, Metrical Requirement
Description: A form developed by Johnn Schroeder because we could find no structural forms beginning with the letter J. This is a three-verse syllabic form. Each verse is preceded by the title giving an element of repetition. The verses are five lines with the following syllable counts: 2, 3, 4, 3, 2; 4, 6, 8, 6, 4; 2, 3, 4, 3, 2.
Origin: American
Schematic:
Title

xx
xxx
xxxx
xxx
xx

Title

xxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxx

Title

xx
xxx
xxxx
xxx
xx
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 5
Line/Poem Length:          18

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My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his years of work on the wonderful Poetrybase resource.

 

Yep, the double n in Johnn is correct.

My example

A Dish to Die For

You don’t
want me on
your dinner plate
cute though I
may be

A Dish to Die For

I am the most
poison fish in the sea!
(Yet Japanese do relish me.)
Only expert can parse
safe parts of me.

A Dish to Die For

Many
dumb folks died
when they served me
merely fried.
Beware.

© Lawrencealot – August 21, 2014

Deten

Deten
Type: Structure, Rhyme Scheme Requirement
Description: A poem rhymed abcab decde fgcfg developed by Johnn Schroeder. There are no other requirements than the rhyme scheme, but in English, iambic pentameter never hurts.
Attributed to: Johnn Schroeder
Origin: American
Schematic: abcab decde fgcfg
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 5

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My Thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his work on the wonderful poetrybase resource.

My example poem

Thrust Upon You (Deten)
The time to write a masterpiece
that moves another person’s soul
is when your mind is well content,
but this must be a faster piece;
it won’t fulfill that lofty goal.

But look! The form I’m using here,
I’ve never seen or used before
so this could be a nonevent.
The rhyme scheme might appear unclear,
it’s not one I’d choose to adore.

I came, I saw, and then I tried.
I took advantage of your trust;
I hope you found the time well-spent.
At least I think I’m satisfied,
another form has bit the dust.

© Lawrencealot – August 6, 2014

Visual Template
Specifically or Iambic tetrameter

Deten