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 Lyrelle is a stanzaic form that seems to be an exercise in metric line length. It was created by Velta Myrtle Allea Sanford. 

The Lyrelle is:
○ stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
○ metered, iambic. L1 dimeter, L2 trimeter, L3 tetrameter, L4 pentameter.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme abab

Lyrelling by Judi Van Gorder

I’m late again
I am computer bound
the words I write in meter penned,
although in truth I do not like the sound.

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

My example

Wizbits (Lyrell)

Go not alone
into a raucous bar.
unless you are a hulk or crone,
or play a really awesome steel guitar.

When posing nude
for fame or just for fun,
remember photos can be skewed
and wide web posts can’t likely be undone.

Do not complain
when you become a joke
who’s viewed by others with disdain
because of Facebook foibles shared with folks.

© Lawrencealot – September, 17 2014

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  • The Veltanelle is a stanzaic form created by Velta Myrtle Allen Sanford.
  • The Veltanelle is:
    • stanzaic, written in no more than 3 sixains.
    • syllabic: 10/6/10/6/10/10 syllables per line.
    • rhymed ababcc dededeff ghghghii.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My example poem
Anything’s Inside     (Veltanelle)
This floor and I were hiding in a tree.
along with many things.
It took the work of man to set us free
as we hid in the rings.
It took some skill to find us, that is true.
Imagine what might be inside of you.
© Lawrencealot – April 7, 2014
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