The Bop is one of my favorite poetry forms. It’s something I discovered last year during the poetry marathon, although I’m going to warn you, it’s on the longer side.
This is the only formal poetry prompt that is part of the Marathon. We always do one per year.
The Bop was developed by Afaa Michael Weaver at a Cave Canem summer retreat a number of years ago.
There are three stanzas. Each stanza is followed by a refrain (so the same statement is repeated three times).
The first stanza is 6 lines long and presents a problem. The second stanza is eight lines long, and can explore or expand the problem. The third stanza is 6 lines long, and can either present a solution or document a failed attempt to resolve the issue.