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 Quinnette is “designed for the elfin or humorous or for nature themes.” (that is the 2nd time I came across this statement in Pathways. ~~smile~~This was created by Ethelyn Miller Hartwich.

The Quinnette is:
○ a decastich made up of 2 quintains.
○ metric, each quintain is written in trochaic tetrameter accept L3 which is trochaic trimeter.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme aabaaccbcc.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1199#dionol
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

The Porsche (Quinnette)

Now I ask you, stupid ass,
“Why the urgent need to pass?
Tell me what you’re proving.”
Traffic light’s caused an impasse,
Speeding only cost you gas.

While you’re waiting for the light
Just as planned I’m turning right
still you are not moving.
Speed’s your compensation, right,
For a penis that seems slight?”

© Lawrencealot- September 20, 2014

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