Talking Heads

It’s time for me to switch my poetic styles this month. The winter is dragging on, and I wanted to jazz things up a bit. I came across the Bop Poetry style and thought it sounded interesting. Afaa Michael Weaver created this style at an African American poetry retreat at Cave Canem. I love the simplicity of this verse style because the rules are very simple. There is no thyme structure, and the stanzas are unmetered. I call this Bop Poem Talking Heads.

 The simple rules of Bop Poetry and Talking Heads

The poem is three stanzas long.

The first stanza is six lines long and lays out a problem.

The second stanza is eight lines long and explores or expands the problem.

The third stanza is six lines long and gives a solution or failed attempt at resolution of the problem,

There is a short refrain between the stanzas.

I think this style will be fun to explore. You are welcome to join me while I explore this poetic style. I’m not certain if I can pull off this switch. It is challenging to come up with a new poem every day. I hope you have as much fun reading these attempts as I am writing them now if I can only capture the laid-back feel of the Bop in Talking Heads.

 

Talking Heads

I stopped watching the news
Because they never seemed 
To talk about anything
That really mattered.
The people only expressed 
Their slanted points of view

I only want the facts, ma’am, without a running commentary.

I always have to search for clues
To figure out what was actually being said
Because there seemed to be a hidden meaning
And it amounted to a bunch of silly chatter
I didn’t want to listen anymore
It all seemed like science fiction
And did I stop to mention
Even the weather had a false tone.

I only want the facts, ma’am, without a running commentary.

I switched the channel─
I picked up a book─
And I turned off the television.
There is more to life than talking heads
On a tiny screen.
The illusion has been shattered.

I only want the facts, ma’am, without a running commentary.



Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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