Reverse Word

This form was invented by  Walter E. Ferguson III aka, Thunder_Speech of Allpoetry.The ONLY requirement of this form, is that you use reverse words where ever you might otherwise choose to use rhyme.  Instead of rhyming, the last words of the lines are spelled backwards (reversed) where rhymes would be.
Example Poem
Non-Olympic swimmer
I thought I’d swim a single loop
before I pulled the plug.
I jumped into our swimming pool
and promptly took a gulp.
I thought to myself “damn and rats”
and jumped out on my tarp.
I’ll never be a swimming star,
while sitting on my prat.
© Lawrencealot – September 26, 2012
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“Puente” means bridge in Spanish. This form was invented by James Rasmusson.
Constructed in 3 stanzas, the 1st and 3rd are separate thoughts but share an equal number of lines and the center, bridge stanza. The middle stanza is one line and is enclosed in tildes (~) to distinguish itself as both the last line of the first stanza and the first line of the last stanza.
The meter and rhyming are at the poet’s discretion, free verse being perfectly acceptable. The title is has no guidelines; it need not match the bridge stanza like the example below.
Example Poem 
Opportunity Knocks 
A new form came upon the scene
and sep’rate topics are required
with bridging line in between
as linked by poet, so inspired. 
~ it’s both a test and opportunity~ 
Another contest has appeared
it features something yet untried
but that is nothing to be feared;
try it, you’ll be satisfied.
© Lawrencealot – May 31, 2013 


The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAin which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain;
each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD .
The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain,
and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.
The design is simple:
Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4
Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8
Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending
stanza then repeats the second and fourth lines of the
previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also
repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second
line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth.
So the first line of the poem is also the last.
Last stanza:
Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza
NOTE: I found to meter specified for this form but on Shadow Poetry found examples from Iambic Trimeter to Pentameter
Example PoemThen She Married Me
I met her online, whatcha think of that?
In writing workshop I critiqued her work.
Then we played sensual games by chat.
Cutting out by need… the hotel desk clerk.
In writing workshop I critiqued her work.
Her stories aroused a man unfulfilled.
Cutting out by need… the hotel desk clerk.
Our minds connected; our Eros was thrilled.
Her stories aroused a man unfulfilled.
We climbed with words into each other’s head.
Our minds connected; our Eros was thrilled.
This late-night texting led me to her bed.
We climbed with words into each other’s head.
Then we played sensual games by chat.
This late-night texting led me to her bed.
I met her online, whatcha think of that?
(c) Lawrencealot April 2012
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Twisted End

The Twisted End form is a creation of Nichole Alexander.

 This is a stanzaic poem consisting of four or five tercet stanzas.
Each stanza has independent monorhyme.
There is no line-length or meter requirement.
The defining requirement of the form is that some part  of each of the first two lines be “twisted” together in forming the third stanza line which MUST INCLUDE INTERNAL RHYME.




Example Poem

Write a Twisted End   (Twisted End)

 You must depend on rhyme as your good friend
with mono and internal rhyme to blend
depend on your internal rhyme to end.

The Twisted End sets forth no metric tone.
but permits choice if poet is so prone.
The Twisted End my friend permits your own.

No poetic device is disallowed.
A verse endowed will rise above the crowd.
Device endowed attempts should make one proud.

Alliterate or write with metaphor
or obfuscate and be a common boor.
Allit with wit makes common a bit more.

 © Lawrencealot – March 13, 2013


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English Quintet

The English Quintet is a rhymed 5 line stanza or poem. There is no English word for a 5 lines of verse therefore they borrowed the Italian word quintet. Up until the 19th century English poetry was pretty much built on the couplet and quatrain. The English version of the quintet arrived at a time when most English poetry was still being written in iambic pentameter.
The English Quintet is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of quintets.
• metered, most commonly iambic pentameter, although meter is optional.
This is a popular form of Quintain having no set measure or foot
rhyme scheme ababb, cdcdd etc.
Description of form copied and pasted from

Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource above.
Line length optional
Meter optional
Poem length 5 lines or multiple
Example Poem
Not a Muscle Car

I earned my dough to buy a car at last.
In ’56 I’d break the geekdom mold.
“No”, said mom “You’ll buy nothing that goes fast.
You’re sixteen and will do what you are told.”
I could afford to buy some car quite old.
A Studebaker, mom thought looked all right.
With white walls it stood proudly green and clean.
It had one after market feature quite
unique, a sequined roof of stars was seen
upon the overhead; girls thought it keen.
It lasted ’til my high school days were done.
Four bits worth of gas could cruise all night long.
The crankshaft dropped so no more could it run.
That happened when I punched it- that was wrong,
and why mom let me buy it for a song.
© Lawrencealot –  December 16, 2012
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Gillena Cox, poet from Trinidad & Tobago, best known for writing haiku/senryu has created a new experimental short form called the fold.  Presented on line first at Sketchbook in 2007.
Syllabic, Meter optional, Line length optional, Rhymed: AxaxAxaxaxA, Refrain, 11 lines.
THE FOLD takes credibility from haiku; it shares moments which are special simply and exactly. Grasping the tools of juxtaposition and contrast, THE FOLD crafts itself into a rhyming form of ELEVEN lines—unlike its three lined haiku progenitor.
There is one rhyme continuing throughout the poem, occurring at every other line: uneven lines rhyme. Lines ONE, FIVE and ELEVEN carry the same last phrase, to form the EDGES of the FOLD. Line ONE repeats at line FIVE which is the CREASE of the FOLD.
Since there are no metric or syllable requirements, any template can merely be
illustrative, so here one is:
Example Poem
Burners    (Fold)
people shed their clothes at the Burning Man;
self-expression and anarchy rule;
a community grows in desert sand,
freedom expressed in artistic artifacts,
people shed their clothes at the Burning Man;
fifty thousand acting as they please
no big- name acts, attendees themselves can
dance, sing, entertain with instruments,
make-up, costumes, magic, getting a tan;
strangers welcome most any where;
community works at the Burning Man.
© Lawrencealot – October 9, 2012


This form was Created by Victoria Sutton aka Passionspromise
It consists of two or more 8 line stanzas, each with the
refrain rhyming scheme of  ababcCab
with ONLY the “c-rhyme” requiring the same sound each stanza.
There is NO metric or line length requirement, EXCEPT that
lines 5 and 6 are shorter than the others.
Example Poem
A Gift to Poets (Gratitude)
A lovely poet gave to me this form.
She said, “Take it. Perhaps you’ll find a way
to specify the path to keep it warm.”
The specs I saw were loose enough to sway
a poet to invent
and follow mind’s intent.
I’ve chosen Iambs, you need not conform.
I’m grateful this form let’s the poet play.
I first thought “Torylet” could be the name,
but “toilet” sounds too close for me so now,
while sitting here, this new idea came.
I’ll name it, “Gratitude” in note of how
the poet may select his bent
and follow mind’s intent.
My next attempt shall be a whole new game
for many variants this will allow.
© Lawrencealot – November 5, 2012
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Harrisham Rhyme

This form created by Harrishma Minhas of Allpoetry.
This form consists of a six-line rhyming stanza.
In this form, the last letter of the first word of each line
is the first letter of the first word of next line.
Rhyming scheme : ababab.
There is no restriction on the starting letter of the first line.
No restriction upon line length or meter.
Invented by:  Harrisham Minhas
Example Poem
Stuck?              (Harrisham Rhyme)

Deoppilate exsuflicate concerns.
Enter some eximous and friendly verse 
removing problem words that meter spurns.
Get stuck during day?  Then try the reverse. 
Try to dinurate ’til the muse returns.
Yet a geck? Oh what the heck?  I’ve done worse.

© Lawrencealot – March 2, 2013
*Deopillate – remove an obstruction
*Exsuflicate – “something which is silly or trifling”
*Eximous “choice or excellent”
* Dinurate – sleep during the day
* Geck – 2. An object of scorn; a dupe; a gull
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Mirrored Refrain

The Mirrored Refrain is a rhyming verse form constructed by Stephanie Repnyek.
The poem is formed by three or more quatrains where two lines within
the quatrain are the “mirrored refrain” or alternating refrain.
The rhyme scheme is as follows: xaBA xbAB xaBA xbAB, etc.. (xaABxbABxaBA)
There is no set meter or line-length.
x represents the only lines that do not have to rhyme within the poem.
But you CAN choose to rhyme them.
A and B represent the refrain.
Example Poem
A Night for Us
Her earrings match her blouse and skirt.
I hand the rose to my best friend,
With slow and silent kiss I start.
In brash flamboyant glee I end.
The fireplace shadows seem to flirt
With ceiling as the fire I start.
In brash flamboyant glee I end.
With slow and silent kiss I start.
We finish the night with the kids
at mom’s so ardor will ascend.
With slow and silent kiss I start.
In brash flamboyant glee I end.
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Palidrome Poetry

Palindrome Poetry
Also Known as Mirrored Poetry   (See also Tuanortsa  Trick Poetry).

A palindrome, by definition, is a word, phrase, verse, sentence, or even poem that reads the same forward or backward. It stems from the Greek word palindromos: palin, meaning again, and dromos, meaning a running. Combining the two together, the Greek meaning gives us, running back again…

Example Poem

Time to Caucus

Grumble and hollar and growl and mumble.

Mad and agitated was I glad?

Tumble and hoot now so bumble.

Bad events population sad,

bet placed folks upset yet

long faces folks wrong.

Yet good things get.

Throng in song.

One done


Done one

song in throng;

get things good yet.

Wrong folks faces long

Yet upset folks placed bet.

Sad population events bad

Bumble so now hoot and tumble

Glad I was agitated and mad!

Mumble and growl and hollar and grumble.

© Lawrencealot  – April 12, 2012