The following description and examples are reposted with permission from Shadow Poetry, with thanks to Emily Romano and Jan Turner.

The Pictorial, created by Emily Romano is a type of shape poem, where the entire poem must be printed in slanting lines indicative of the thought in those lines. The poem should consist of three lines with five words or less per line. There should be rhyme somewhere in the poem, either end rhyme or internal rhyme.

Example #1:
See                       and                         rippling
      how                      how                               like
             the                        the                                waves
                  roof                       sunlight                             along
                         slopes                          follows                          hollows

Copyright © 2007 Emily Romano

Example #2:
                    shows                       rows:                     glows!
           moon                     beyond                 pumpkin
Rising                      rows                      each

Copyright © 2007 Emily Romano

Example #3:
Migration (Double Pictorial)

The                            my                            for                      that
    skies                         soul                           it                         all
         are                         seeks                         is                        cares
            where                      peace                      there                      cease.

            sees                        flight                        geese                     right.
         one                        shaped                       of                        seems
    when                         v-                            flocks                   world
For                             the                           of                       the	

Copyright © 2007 Jan Turner

My Example

Form: Double Pictorial
Note: I saw from the above example the the poet has some leeway on the number of lines.

Puppy Rescue

                    but found the task too hard.       The pup fell from above
               then carried him far up                               and landed in my yard.
        from the pup’s own yard                                           So give your puppy love

Lawrencealot – January 30, 2015

Line Messaging

Line Messaging is a poetry form created by Angel Favazza is a poetic form wherein the poet utilizes the last line of each stanza to help represent an overall idea. So if the last line of each stanza is read together (separately from the poem) it will have an independent message or be a poem all on its own.

Example #1:

I, a mere woman; yet of mind and heart,
walk alone past the cemetery gates.
Reaching out to touch the crude, dim metal
a glorious thought takes me—

I stand still for my heart can walk no more
and the vital force within my breast
grieves with the knowledge of a youth now faded.
Submit; succumb to this sublime graveyard,
beyond the sorrow of generations gone.

Independent flowers mock the very
ground from which they rise;
Inspiration grows within me.

Copyright © 2009 Angel Favazza

Example #2:

Help me make sense
of his cardboard life,
is there no one who will
lend a hand to history?

Charge up hill like a solider
and give him electric fire?

Teach him every thing and
unveil our electronic Eden,
an online life—
one of electric solitude,
to finally be electrically-tethered.

And then,
maybe then, we won’t blame ourselves.

Copyright © 2009 Angel Favazza

Pasted from http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/linemessaging.html
Many thanks to the ShadowPoetry site.

A year later….looking back at this I see that I made the story evolve from the THIRD line of every stanza, rather than the last.  I cannot now find any reference that gives me that right – So my example must be “in the manner of Line Messaging”.

My example

The Death of the Brassy Dame (Form: Line Messaging)

The brassy dame was there of course
The night that we assume she died.
My mom-in-law was home that night,
my husband sitting by her side.

I came to see the brassy dame
whose charms had led my man astray.
My derringer was on my thigh
and no man’s hands would get that high.

I’d planned to shoot the brassy dame
and end her husband stealing game;
My husband’s alibi was tight
I failed that task for which I came.

The husky stranger whisked her out
a victim of her musky lust;
My presence here my alibi
is one that everyone will trust.

That Cadillac was not so new
and Thomas lived upon a hill.
A funny thing about the brakes
when they do fail, then speed can kill.

He knew my husband had a thing
and might just be inclined to fight.
How do you suppose Thomas chose
to troll for brassy dames that night?

I can’t say I was upset much
When he re-set the game I guess.
A little tweak is all it takes
to change the nature of the mess.

A brassy hussy and her hunk
deceased together due to haste.
I let it slip I must suppose
a piece of luck to good to waste.

© Lawrencealot – January 3, 2015

For your convenience, here are the results of Line Messaging.
This is the conclusion of the poem if you now merely read of the number 3 lines from each stanza.

My mom-in-law was home that night,
My derringer was on my thigh
My husband’s alibi was tight
My presence here my alibi

A funny thing about the brakes
How do you suppose Thomas chose?
A little tweak is all it takes
I let it slip I must suppose.

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Line Messaging


The La’libertas, a 22-line (4/6/4/6/2) poetic form created by Laura Lamarca. The stanza rules are as follows:

Stanza 1 – rhyme scheme ABBA, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 2 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Stanza 3 – Rhyme scheme BAAB, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 4 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Couplet – Italian (Any language acceptable except English)

How the La’libertas for got its name is from the word “libertas” which is Latin for “liberty” and “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature.
Gentle Kisses

Once wandered lonely world alone
‘neath skies that drenched in icy rain,
encompassed soul within its pain;
winds chapped fiercely, chilled and blown.

Soul grew old
in cold array,
displayed distress
in velvet vestige
& sorrows splayed
‘neath edges frayed.

Till hope gave warmth in ev’ry vein
and inner self escaped, now grown
from darker days of life once thrown –
it’s time for me to dream again.

Soul grew wise
in waking eyes,
surprised by
survival’s strength
& faith re-wrote
love’s antidote.

La grazia me ha benedetto con i baci gentili,
le ali delle libertà sulla mia faccia.

Copyright © 2007 Laura Lamarca

Pasted from http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/lalibertas.html

Being that I have no foreign language skills, this will be one of the few forms for which I have not posted my own example.

Restated Specifications

The La’libertas is:

a poem of 22 lines,
syllabic, having lines of 4/6/4/6/2 syllables
stanzaic, having 5 stanzas, 2 quatrains, 2 sestets, and a couplet
formulaic, mandating mixed rhymed, free verse, and non-English language,
rhymed: abba and baab


Con-Verse and Conversation in Couplets

Converse in Couplets is an invented stanzaic form that emulates a Conversation Poem or dialogue in rhymed couplets. John Henson introduced this form at Poetry Styles. This could fall under the genre of a French Débat or Eclogue Débat with a prescribed stanzaic form. Shadow Poetry.comexpands this form shortening the name to Con-Verse to change the syllabic count of the couplets.
Converse in Couplets is:
○ stanzaic, written in any number of couplets.
○ syllabic, all lines are 11 syllables.

a conversation between at least 2 voices.

The Age Old Story by Judi Van Gorder

I got caught in the hall without a hall-pass,
my practice ran late, then I ran out of gas

You were told before to be home by seven 
and no excuses pave the road to heaven.

I would have called but you do not understand
things didn’t play out the way that I planned.

It’s the third time this week that you’ve come home late.
You could be dead in a ditch while I fret and wait.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/2192-invented-forms-from-poetry-styles/
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

The Con-Verse, created by Connie Marcum Wong, consists of three or more 2-line rhyming stanzas (couplets). The meter of this form is in syllabic verse.

Rhyme scheme: aa,bb,cc,dd,ee
Meter: 7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11

(Syllabic verse only counts the number of syllables in a line.)

This form consists of three or more couplets which ascend by one syllable up to and until you reach a syllabic count of eleven which would contain ten lines.

This process may be repeated for a longer verse. If repeated, you must begin your first couplet with the syllabic count of seven again and continue from there

Pasted from http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/converse.html
Many thanks to the ShadowPoetry site.

My Example

Toilet Seat Lament  (Con-verse)

The seat was up again, dear!
What?honey – I didn’t hear.

The toilet seat, you just left up!
It makes it easy for the pup.

Don’t give me that “doggies drinking bit!”
Dear, just put it down before you sit!

© Lawrencealot – October 10, 2014

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