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


Visual Template


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

Fornlorn Suicide

The Form: Forlorn Suicide
Invented byNataly Scott, aka  NatyDel
Syllable Count for each stanza:
1=xRhyme Scheme:
Rhyme matches with the syllable count
For instance: All the 5’s rhyme, all the 6’s rhyme, and so forth.
Example Poem

Teacher’s Pet

Looking at your rear
is why I come to class.
I’ve never yet read the board.
I’d rather watch your ass.
I am always here;
I’ll never miss.
I want to be clear,
while still not being crass.
Watching you, I can’t get bored.

My grades are great.  I pass
for an engineer.
It’s just that this
boy wants you
to touch and kiss.
My meager veneer
becomes most underclass
when close; you are so adored.
Your shape’s an hourglass.
I try not to leer.

I love the bliss
of this view
my dear.
It is true
I’d be amiss
were that not true. We’re
married. Yet, I trespass
voyeuristically – ignored,

by teacher with smartass
hubby volunteer
here to assist,
yes, and to
be near

© Lawrencealot – August 8, 2012

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This is a modern form created by mixing a Ghazal with a Villanelle.
Form Type: Syllabic
Origins: American
Creator: Thomas Rodes
Number of Lines: 22
Rhyme Scheme: A1+r,b,A2+r – a+r,b,A1+r – a+r,b,A2+r – a+r,b,A1+r – a+r,b,A2+r – a+r,b,A1+r,A2+r
Meter: Undefined
1. The form is created from 6 triplets and a quatrain.
2. Line one is repeated as lines 6, 12, 18, 21.
3. Line three is repeated as lines 9, 15, 22.
4. The ‘a’ rhyming lines all have the same refrain following after the rhyme.
5. Each stanza may enjamb within itself but must be a complete unit in itself, there is no enjambing across stanzas.
6. Each stanza should be free standing they don’t need other sense to be a complete meaning unit. There doesn’t need to be a linkage between stanzas.
Example Poem

Real Help Possible      (Guzzanelle)
Have humankind become concerned too late.
Are legates from the stars our only hope?
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.
If violence wins, then we have earned our fate?
Have we played out our ecologic rope?
Have humankind become concerned too late.
The recondite crop marks unlearned folks hate
are verified as messages of hope.
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.
Symbolic mathematics discerned of late
that human’s self-hate carved a slippery slope.
Have humankind become concerned too late.
Some hate the Toran and some spurn the Pope.
In all fields of dogma, men only grope.
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.
We may leave fossil fuels unburned yet sate
our needs expanding in desire and scope.
Have humankind become concerned too late.
A profusion of wealth unturned awaits;
What man knows now is subpar, but we’ll cope.
Have humankind become concerned too late.
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.
© Lawrencealot – February 15, 2013
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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
Visual Template


Jumping Rhyme

This form was invented by Amanda J. Norton
Monorhyme quintet with line length growing from 6 to ten syllables
Interlaced rhyme required for every line, starts with word two of line 1
then “jumps” up a word each line until the last,
where it jumps back one word.
Obviously the poet must not use large multisyllabic words that make this impossible
Line length is based on syllables, rhyme pattern is based on words – take care
Example Poem
Lets Dance   (Jumping Rhyme)
I propose that we dance
if your toes dare take a chance.
God only knows I cannot prance
and whirl like the pros, but there’s a chance
the closeness could dispose you to romance.
© Lawrencealot – December 9, 2012
Both Interlaced and end-rhyme are monorhyme
I think the following visual template will clarify:
Note: you cannot chart the interlaced rhyme in advance, as it is dependent upon the word size


A McWhirtle is a light verse form similar to a double dactyl, invented in 1989 by American poet Bruce Newling. McWhirtles share essentially the same form as double dactyls, but without the strict requirements, making them easier to write. Specifically:
• McWhirtles do not require a nonsense phrase (e.g., “Higgledy piggledy”) on the first line.
• There is no requirement for a double-dactylic word in the second stanza.
• There is an extra unstressed syllable added to the beginning of the first line of each stanza.
• Although the meter is the same as in a double-dactyl, syllables may move from the end of one line to the beginning of the next for readability.
The looser form allows poets additional freedom to include additional rhymes and other stylistic devices.
The form is named after the fictional protagonist in an early example by Newling, included with his original written description of the form, dated August 12, 1989; but his first McWhirtle, in which his friend “Skip” Ungar is the protagonist and which also appeared with his original description, was:
The Piano Player
I read in the papers
That Harry F. Ungar
Performs in a night spot
Near soigne Scotch Plains,
Caressing the keyboard
While affluent yuppies
Are eating and drinking
Their capital gains.
The first published description of the McWhirtle, with examples, was in E.O. Parrott, ed., How to Be Well-Versed in Poetry, London: Viking, 1990, pp. 197-200; and the verse form was also described in Anne H. Soukhanov, Word Watch – The Stories Behind the Words of Our Lives, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1995, pp. 388-89.
An example by American poet Kenn Nesbitt:
Fernando the Fearless
We’re truly in awe of
Fernando the Fearless
who needed no net
for the flying trapeze.
Alas, what a shame
it’s surprisingly difficult
catching a bar
in the midst of a sneeze.
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Sample poem
Wake-Up, It’s Not Suzie
When waking up drunken
Sometimes I have thunken
how far I have sunken
in shame? Who’s the dame
in this bed?  If I open
my eyes and then hope I
have not, that I’m coping
with dreams, is that lame?
(c) Lawrencealot – July 8, 201
Visual Example
Note: only the 4th and 8th line rhyme are required.