Welcome back, all, for the eleventh day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!

Our featured participant for the day is Unassorted stories, where the poem for Day 9 is a portrait of a mental makeover.

Today, we’re also featuring a 1962 interview with Sylvia Plath. In popular culture, Plath is known for three things: (1) she wrote angry poems, (2) she killed herself, and (3) teenage girls who feel angry and a little gothy read her to feel angrier and a little gothier. But look a little further, and you’ll find a deeply philosophical poet, a master of unusual similes that set the reader rocking back on their heels, and a refuser of obvious or comfortable ideas, particularly about motherhood, femininity, and the reality of existing in a physical body. There’s a lot to learn from her densely layered, uncompromising verse. Looking for a few examples of her work beyond those poems you might have already seen? Here’s one, and another, and another.

And last but not least, here’s our (optional) prompt for the day: the Bop. The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of combination sonnet + song. Like a Shakespearan sonnet, it introduces, discusses, and then solves (or fails to solve) a problem. Like a song, it relies on refrains and repetition. In the basic Bop poem, a six-line stanza 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. Here’s an example of a Bop poem written by Weaver, and here’s another by the poet Ravi Shankar.

Happy writing!

 

106 Responses to Day Eleven

  1. I poked around newspapers looking for inspiration and came up with one of the odder things I’ve heard or read in a while. See what you think. :)

    https://tidbitsbyshannon.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/according-to-the-maharishi/

  2. emangarduque says:

    […] Day 11, napowrimo.net challenge. […]

  3. […] For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-11-2017 – Letter I , eleventh day of NaPoWriMo […]

  4. Angela says:

    This poem is based on websites and titles of you, my fellow writers. It’s an ode to your beautiful words: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/this-and-other-poems/

    The best possible day to be the featured website :) Thank you!

  5. […] Bop-style pen, offered to Day 11 of NaPoWriMo […]

  6. […] This is also my submission towards Day 11 of NaPoWriMo. […]

  7. […] Poetry Writing Month Day#11: Bop […]

  8. You Say It’s Love, but I Don’t Know (not a true story)
    https://notegraphy.com/dogtrax/note/3286932
    Kevin

  9. Azuki Lynn says:

    Day eleven. My take on “bop”.

    http://azukilynn.tumblr.com/post/159448367793/unresolved

    Have a good day, folks.

  10. Mar Claudrin says:

    My bop inspired poem also has a toothbrush in as a response to Plath’s declaration that she couldn’t put toothbrushes into a poem ;) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/what-toothbrush-knows.html

  11. […] wasn’t so much feeling today’s prompt on the NaPoWriMo blog (actually, it was a great prompt, but more lines than I could conceive of […]

  12. […] Here’s another Tanka inspired by Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 39 with prompt “Old & New” that serves my second submission for NaPoWriMo Day 11 […]

  13. Claire says:

    Pleased with how this turned out. Sometimes the most difficult-seeming prompts produce the best poems. Thanks! https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/stop-bop/

  14. Joseph Hesch says:

    Suspicion, greed, hatred and ‪war‬ are part of our frayed DNA.

    At Loose Ends
    http://wp.me/p1AR9N-304

  15. Thanks for another fantastic prompt! Here’s my bop: https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/progress/
    part dream, part sci-fi, part eco-poetry…hope you enjoy!

  16. m.j.smith says:

    The line count seems arbitrary to me, so I based my count on the content: 5 stanzas, 5 lines each, and 5 senses in a meditation based on a line and the work of poet David Meltzer:

    https://voyagecities.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/napowrimo-day-eleven/

  17. […] NaPoWriMo and Real Toads (am reading Andy […]

  18. The Real Cie says:

    Don’t know if I did this right (or if the comment will even go through, but whatever, here it is.
    http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-11-i-is-for-ignorant.html
    Rather dismaying to see Sylvia Plath dismissed as some sort of angsty drama queen. It rather trivializes the struggles she went through. She had bipolar disorder, as do I. I was one of those “angsty” teenage girls, and I loved Sylvia’s poetry. I did not WANT to be “angsty” or “gothy.” Nor did I want to hate myself as deeply as I did. Nor did I want the compulsions I felt to self-harm, or the suicide ideation that I lived with every day.
    Mental illness is not a choice.

  19. Who be bop? Not me. Just couldn’t get those words to behave. Here’s the reason why: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2017/04/11/work-week/

  20. I managed to write my Bop for Day 11. I quite like how it turned out. Do let me know what you think :)
    https://lifeateacher.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/napowrimo-day-11-help-shes-calling

  21. […] Day 11 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 presents a prompt challenge too far (for the moment) from NaPoWriMo.net: : the Bop. The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of combination sonnet + song. Like a Shakespearan sonnet, it introduces, discusses, and then solves (or fails to solve) a problem. Like a song, it relies on refrains and repetition. In the basic Bop poem, a six-line stanza 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. […]

  22. I may have to come back to this prompt in days to come, but in the meantime: BOP http://wp.me/p4eHj4-1cn

  23. Lori Gomez says:

    Haha! I must say I love how you all introduce me to new forms… I BOP-ped it! Cheers.

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/re-meme-burred-napowrimo-day-11-the-bop/

  24. […] gab es auf NaPoWriMo.net keine inhaltliche Anregung, sondern eine formale. Wir sollten ein Bop-Gedicht schreiben. Mehr über […]

  25. Anni says:

    I must admit I felt a bit overwhelmed by the length of the “bop-formula”, but in the end, the formality helped me give my muse more of a voice (Day 8 continued). After all, who of us poets has taken the effort to kiss a muse so far. I guess that makes me a “muse advocate”… ;)

  26. Jim says:

    Nice rainy day again in our part of Texas, the Texas Gulf Coast. My writing mood changes with the weather among other things.

    Today: http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-11-poem-about-songs.html

    ..

  27. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 11 – here’s our (optional) prompt for the day: the Bop. The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of combination sonnet + song. Like a Shakespearan sonnet, it introduces, discusses, and then solves (or fails to solve) a problem. Like a song, it relies on refrains and repetition. In the basic Bop poem, a six-line stanza 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. Here’s an example of a Bop poem written by Weaver, and here’s another by the poet Ravi Shankar. […]

  28. […] digits already? By the way, many problems have a tendency to solve themselves. Which lend itself to today’s prompt: the […]

  29. […] prompt  was to try a Bop poem – a form strict on lines and refrains. This was less painful than […]

  30. Carla Jones says:

    Goos new form! I was inspired by the Plath poems about motherhood – I love Plath (definitely not just for gothy girls)

    https://thisandotherpoems.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/110417/

  31. […] 11 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt for the day: Poetic Form- The […]

  32. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for an African-American sonnet variant called a Bop, with a particular line arrangement and […]

  33. Roshni Nair says:

    here is my bop of day 11 of NaPoWriMo. Homo sapiens.
    https://roshnirwrites.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/homosapiens/

  34. […] © 2017 Occasional Dreams In response to: napowrimo, day eleven (Sylvia Plath / bop) […]

  35. […] prompt from NaPoWriMo was to write a Bop: “The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of […]

  36. I went with the Bop prompt – and my whole list of prompt-ideas, LOL.

    A reminder of ideas, just in case

    Before the month started I wrote down this:
    A reminder of ideas, just in case –
    For those days when words didn’t flow from me

  37. […] tanka is off-prompt for NaPoWriMo 2017, on Day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month. Carpe Diem #1189 thaw […]

  38. […] is my first attempt in writing a bop poem and it’s a moment of reflection about me being a near-lifelong Detroiter. The stanza lines […]

  39. […] prompt from NaPoWriMo was to write a Bop: “The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of […]

  40. https://visionariekindness.com/2017/04/12/personal/
    welp I can’t say I met the challenge but I’ve gone my own way
    Hey don’t blame the writer lol

  41. Posting much later than usual. What a crazy day, but I’m just glad I was able to take some time to write my daily poem! I took up the challenge and wrote a Bop poem….

    Without a Compass

    https://goo.gl/1JCsnk

  42. Vince Gotera says:

    Mixed the bop prompt here with the Poetic Asides’ two prompts for a sonnet and/or an anti-form poem. I was able to mix all three prompts. Come on by the blog and see the bop/sonnet poems by Vince Gotera and Thomas Alan Holmes. And leave a comment, please.

    http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2017/04/day-11-napowrimo-poem-day-2017.html

  43. Vin says:

    It is not exactly a Bop. Is it more like a free verse Bop? I don’t know. Just something which came to my mind after one of my colleagues suggested to write about the problems faced by a cartoon character.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/infinite-loop/

  44. I wrote about a gardening dilemma I currently have — whether to kill an invasive predator or not: https://marilyncavicchia.com/2017/04/11/napowrimo-2017-day-11-a-bop/

  45. […] Holy hell, today’s prompt kicked my ass. It was a Bop poem, and you can read the full prompt at NaPoWriMo.net here. […]

  46. Katie says:

    WOW I had a hard time with this one. Not sure I like what came out of it, but the whole point was to challenge myself to write new forms and stuff so I was determined to stick with the prompt. Here’s the result:

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/napowrimo-11-louder/

  47. Very late submission for Day 11, but still just two minutes past midnight, so I’m sliding in under the wire here, before Day 12 is posted!

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2017/04/12/pleasure-can-be-worn/

    • Angela says:

      I love it! I’ve added it to the compilation poem I made for day 12, as the title. It’s linked to your page, so people can visit the original.

  48. […] Prompt via NaPoWriMo.net: Create a Bop poem.  This poem follows the structure of a Bop poem but I’m not sure the text qualifies. However, I only know how to write in my own voice.  […]

  49. […] had such a blast yesterday! It was great to be the featured participant on napowrimo.net. I’ve never had so many visitors on my blog before. It was such a joy to have you visit, like […]

  50. This was a quite interesting form. And one I will most likely try writing again. My attempt at a Bop poem is titled “Pondering” and can be found at this link.
    https://leonaslines.com/2017/04/11/pondering/

  51. […] eleventh poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a […]

  52. […] Day Eleven:  Write a Bop poem.  The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of combination sonnet + song. Like a Shakespearan sonnet, it introduces, discusses, and then solves (or fails to solve) a problem. Like a song, it relies on refrains and repetition. In the basic Bop poem, a six-line stanza 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. […]

  53. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a Bop poem, which contains 3 stanzas of 6, 8, and 6 lines, and each stanza is separated by a one-line refrain. […]

  54. […] prompts: The Rising Phoenix Review, prompt 9, #Written River, #Writer’s Write, NaPoWriMo.net Day 11 […]

  55. […] 13. My take on NaPoWriMo’s Bop prompt, which was pretty fun to write. I don’t think anyone would mind if I modified the one-line […]

  56. Anuj Mahadik says:

    Trying to catch up with this little magical bop poem! ❤
    http://bit.ly/2oEWMnC

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