WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop

Publish date:

What better way to follow up The Big 10 challenge than with The Bop!

This form, developed by Afaa Michael Weaver, incorporates several elements, including a refrain, problems, resolutions, and more. Click here to learn how to write The Bop.

As in
previous challenges, the poet who writes The Bop that I like best will be
featured in a future issue of Writer's
magazine (most likely the October issue). Poets should
paste their poems in the comments below; I will not accept submissions by any
other means--or attached to any other posts.

here to read the general rules for the WD Poetic Form

The deadline for The Bop challenge is May 30,
2011, at 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time).
That means you have roughly 18 days to bop away. Now get poeming!


Follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer


Image placeholder title
Image placeholder title
Image placeholder title
Image placeholder title

out the magazine for everyday writers!

Each issue of Writer's
provides information for writers of poetry, fiction and
nonfiction, including articles that cover the craft and business sides of the
writing life. Also, each issue shares interviews with famous and emerging
writers. Plus, the magazine includes features throughout the year, such as the
Top 101 Websites for Writers, best markets for writers, and more.


Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.


The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.


Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.


Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.


Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.


Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.


Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.