April is one-third gone, my friends. But there are still twice as many poems to go as we have written so far.
Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: write a “Bop. The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop [has] a six-line stanza [that] introduces the problem, and is followed by a one-line refrain. The next, eight-line stanza discusses and develops the problem, and is again followed by the one-line refrain. Then, another six-line stanza resolves or concludes the problem, and is again followed by the refrain.” There are links to a couple of examples there.
Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day Two-for-Tuesday prompt: 1) “Write a sonnet.” 2) “Write an anti-form poem.”
I successfully mixed all three prompts, I think. The “anti-form” part may be a bit disguised.
Bop on Poetic Forms
What I meant about “anti-form” being in disguise is that I’m not speaking “anti-form” as such but rather playing with the notion by, for example, turning the sonnet shape upside-down. Also, “bend[ing], stretch[ing], even break[ing] the rules” could be construed as a kind of anti-form statement, though a subversive one.
Alan’s intro for today’s poem: “It occurred to me that the most feasible way to complete both prompts would be to lodge a sonnet inside the bop poem. Forgive the three literary allusions — I am indulging myself with a book that appears to fit the mood of the country.”
Mother of Exiles (Bop Version)
It would seem that Alan and I found similar solutions to how to mix the bop and sonnet forms. Though our themes and our methods are quite different. I especially appreciate how the sestet of his embedded sonnet appears twice, the same rhyme scheme and words, that is. Did you figure out Alan’s three literary allusions?
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