Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these in any other source. …. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.

• The Fialka is a strophic form with little restriction other than meter. The form was created by Viola Garner  20th century poet and educator. Fialka is Viola in Bohemian. 

The Fialka is:
○ strophic, may be written in any number of lines.
○ metric, written in amphibrach (short/long/short) trimeter.
○ unrhymed.

Open Blinds by Judi Van Gorder

We wake with the warmth of the sunshine
that falls without hesitant sureness
across our disheveled covers
and greets our awakening gently.

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

My example


Illuminating (Fialka)

When lightning’s descending with jagged
indifference, hurrying slowly,
with speed that’s astounding, can mankind’s
own reason then doubt what we’re part of?

© Lawrencealot – September 9, 2014

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