Presidential Meter

The Presidential Meter form was created by Gary Kent Spain, aka venicebard on Allpoetry.

The form is stanzaic, consisting of any number of quatrains
It is syllabic: 6/5/6/5
Rhyme Scheme: xaxa
It is metric: with long lines being an anapest plus an amphibrach
And the short lines being and anapest and an iamb, or as Gary points out below it can be spoken as trochaic trimeter..So take your choice.
8 lines or more.

His poem in trochaic trimeter:

The Lyre-in-Chief

“If you like your doctor,
if you like your plan,
you can keep your doctor,
you can keep your plan.”
The Liar-in-Chief
War through regulation
waged on you and me.
IRS men target
those who disagree.

Congress is not needed!
for, as he has said,
with his pen and cell-phone,
he becomes the head.

Work that crowd there, baby:
tell them racists lurk.
Tell them those that want to
shouldn’t have to work.

Push those same old buttons,
get that same old drink:
hear-no-evil voters
(lemmings on the brink).
Pasted from <http://allpoetry.com/poem/11504624-The-Lyre-in-Chief-by-venicebard>

Gary’s response to my metric interpretation – So you’re saying I misinterpreted his meter, eh?  You are right, in that the way HE says it, it is an anapest followed by two iambs (with feminine ending on odd-numbered lines).  But it CAN be spoken as trochaic trimeter, and I went with that.  Cheers!

My example using an anapest foot:

The Presidential Way (Presidential Meter)

I will gladly enter
yet another form
that allows remembrance
that a lie’s the norm.

Anapests are starting
each and every line.
Then you use an iamb
where you want the rhyme.

First he won by plying
us with guilt and pride.
From the start however,
the man lied and lied.

© Lawrencealot – June 2, 2014

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Presidential Meter

Paired Triquin

This is a form recently invented by Gary Kent Spain, aka venicebard on allpoetry.
To Quote Gary:
 Some paired what, you say?  This is a form I invented recently, not just to invent a form but because I liked the sound of it.
‘Triquin’ is a reversal of ‘quatrain’ (I dropped the a because both ‘triquain’ and ‘troisquain’ sounded funny to me) and is defined as a three-line stanza consisting of:
L1 – trochee-iamb-iamb-iamb
(DUM de de DUM de DUM de DUM);
L2 – iamb-iamb-iamb-iamb
(de DUM de DUM de DUM de DUM)
L3 – (indented) iamb-iamb 
(de DUM de DUM);
and it must contain alliteration between two consecutive stressed words in one of its lines,
and the final consonant sound of L2 must match that of L3(last two consonants,
if the last syllables of both end in two or more consonant sounds).
‘Paired Triquins’ specifically refers to two of these forming one six-line stanza,
with another variant allowed (only if one wishes) for the new L5, namely:
pyrrhic-spondee-iamb-iamb   (de de DUM DUM de DUM de DUM)
…and the additional requirement of having the 1st and 3rd DUMs of L2 rime the third DUM of L1,
and the 1st and 3rd DUMs of L5 rime the 2nd and 4th, respectively, of L4.
Syllabic schematic:
XxxXxAxX
xAxXxAxT
     xXxT [‘T’= terminal consonant]
XxxBxXxC
xBxXxCxT [or xxBXxCxT]
       xXxT

Example Poem

Mentor   (Paired Triquin Pair)
Scoundrels will scheme and squirm to make
you learn what you have spurned in past
    these tasks attest.
Welsh as this seems, it to’s been true
in dreams,  these I eschew sometimes,
     but not new forms.
Granted not gracing our fair bard
this hour would only sour myself.
    There’d be no riff.
Colleges fail,  but mentors don’t;
they’re hale and really won’t give up.
    They just can’t stop.
© Lawrencealot – June 20, 2013

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