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B&P Shadorma and Beyond – The Bop – November 14, 2015

Hello World.

Today we’re going to look into a fairly recently created poetic form called The Bop.  It was created by poet Afaa Michael Weaver, an American poet (born in 1951, author of several collections of poems and a full length play) during a summer retreat of the African-American poetry organization Cave Canem.

It’s not totally dissimilar to a sonnet … it consists of three un-rhymed stanzas with a repeated refrain after each stanza.

The first stanza is dedicated to the statement of a problem and it is 6 lines long.

The second stanza is dedicated to the elaboration of the problem and it is 8 lines long.

The third stanza is dedicated to the possible solution of the problem and it is also 6 lines long.

Here’s an example written by Afaa Michael Weaver that illustrates the form:



…in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary

In general population, census
is consensus—ain’t nowhere to run
to in these walls, walls like a mind—
We visitors stand in a yellow circle
so the tower can frisk us with light,
finger the barrels on thirsty rifles.

I got rambling, rambling on my mind

In general population, madness runs
swift through the river changing, changing
in hearts, men tacked in their chairs,
resigned to hope we weave into air,
talking this and talking that and one brutha
asks Tell us how to get these things
They got, these houses, these cars.
We want the real revolution. Things…

I got rambling, got rambling on my mind

In the yellow circle the night stops
like a boy shot running from a Ruger 9mm
carrying .44 magnum shells, a sista
crying in the glass booth to love’s law,
to violence of backs bent over to the raw
libido of men, cracking, cracking, crack…

I got rambling, rambling on my mind

(From The Plum Flower Dance
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007) 


Now for our prompt which I hope will inspire you to write a really great Bop or a Shadorma ( a syllabic poem with a meter of 3/5/3/3/7/5) or maybe you’d like to try-out one of the Shadorma variations.


And I’d like to add three words to be used inside the poem:  lost – men – crisp.

As usual, if you prefer to use your own artwork for your poem that’s great – and no one will frown if you add music or whatever – I do ask you though this week to please try to incorporate the three words to your poem. Oh and have fun of course!

Once you have written your poem and are ready to post please tag: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and B&P Shadorma & Beyond, then add you name to our Mr. Linky app so everyone can easily find your work!  Thanks and have a great week.  Bastet


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26 comments on “B&P Shadorma and Beyond – The Bop – November 14, 2015

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  3. J Lapis
    November 14, 2015

    Not feeling very bop-ish, I shall probably opp-ish for a comfy Shadorma–thanks, Bastet!!

    • Bastet
      November 15, 2015

      When we took on the task of introducing poetic forms instead of only Shadorma, we knew that not all the forms would meet our reader’s needs …plus we never wanted to exclude the Shadorma … I think we’re one of the few who promote that poetic form … I’m really happy you enjoy it J.

      • J Lapis
        November 16, 2015

        I LOVE Shadormas–sounds like a T-shirt…. 🙂

      • Bastet
        November 16, 2015

        ??? like a T-shirt …

      • J Lapis
        November 16, 2015

        “I LOVE Shadormas” printed on a T-shirt…did I confuse you? 🙂

      • Bastet
        November 16, 2015

        Ah … must be still half asleep … 😀

      • J Lapis
        November 16, 2015

        No problem! Maybe you can nap on the train.

  4. Paloma
    November 15, 2015

    Wow …. this is very interesting! And I like the sample .. rambling, rambling on my mind….

    Very cool 🙂

    • Bastet
      November 15, 2015

      Glad you liked it!

      • Paloma
        November 15, 2015

        Have a few ideas for the form … came in a sort of tidal wave of words … now, to sort them out 😉

      • Bastet
        November 15, 2015

        Ah, I do know what you mean.

      • Paloma
        November 16, 2015

        It’ll come though …. I think …. 😛


      • Bastet
        November 16, 2015

        History tells us that it will come through … but how we come through is not for us to know.

      • Paloma
        November 16, 2015

        Very true ….

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  8. julespaige
    November 15, 2015

    I’m not quite sure I got The Bop though I attempted to follow instructions:
    Purely Divine

    • Bastet
      November 16, 2015

      I’m sure you did well Jule … perhaps my description was a little too telegraphic …

      • julespaige
        November 17, 2015

        I was thinking it might have to Be-bop.
        or Hip-hop. Always best to have more guidance than not enough.

      • Bastet
        November 18, 2015

        LOL … I don’t know why the creator of the form chose that name … but it’s more like a punch in the stomach than a take-off on rap.

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