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A Poetic Challenge

Dear Readers,
I am almost at the end of a poetry-writing marathon and fundraiser for Tupelo Press—one of the premier independent publishers of contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in the United States. They have published the early books of many renowned poets such as Annie Finch, Ilya Kaminski, Maggie Smith, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Gary Soto, Kazim Ali, Lise Goett, Matthew Zapruder, Rajiv Mohabir, Rusty Morrison, and so many more.

The challenge is to write a poem a day for 30 days, Tupelo 30/30 project. I am asking you to take a look at the many contest and submission opportunities at Tupelo Press and also support the press in honor of your favorite participating poet in this challenge, although I hope you would support my (Pratibha’s) campaign.

If you enjoy reading and contributing to  The Literary Nest, I would urge you to support my campaign by donating a small amount by clicking here. 

Also, keep those sonnets coming for our summer issue. The deadline is June 15. Here are the submission guidelines.

Stay well out there, readers.

Bop – A Poetic From and Contest

Thanks to Ani Poet and Poetrywitch Magazine contest, this week, I discovered an interesting poetic form, ‘Bop.’ It’s a relatively new format invented by Afaa Michael Weaver.

The basic rules are:

  1. Three-stanza poem
  2. First six-line stanza presents a problem, followed by a refrain.
  3. Second eight-line stanza shades more light on the problem by elaborating the problem. The same refrain, as stanza one, follows.
  4. Third six-line stanza offers the resolution to the problem. The same refrain, as stanza one and two, follows.

Here is the complete form definition.

And here is the contest information.






Here is the well-known poem, Rambling,” by Afaa Michael Weaver.


Contributors – Vol 1 Issue 1


Paul Beckman
Grace Black
Jade Bradbury
Tom O’Connell
Saadia Faruqi
Jessica Barksdale Inclan
M.J. Iuppa
Brandon Marlon
Makrand Paranjape
Zara Raab
Judy Salz
Ishani Sen
Marianne Szlyk
Amitabh Vikram
Flo Oy Wong
Dallas Woodburn
Ali Znaidi