#TheWombwellRainbow #PoeticFormsChallenge. It is weekly. Week Thirteen form is #AGoldenShovel invented by Terrance Hayes. I will post the challenge to create a first draft of a poetic form by the following late Sunday. Please email your first draft to me, including an updated short, third person bio and a short prose piece about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Except when I’m working at the supermarket I am always ready to help those that get stuck. I will blog my progress throughout the week. Hopefully it may help the stumped. Also below please find links to helpful websites.

The “golden shovel” form created by Terrance Hayes.

Here are the rules for the Golden Shovel:

  • Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire.
  • Use each word in the line (or lines) as an end word in your poem.
  • Keep the end words in order.
  • Give credit to the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines).
  • The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words.

If you pull a line with six words, your poem would be six lines long. If you pull a stanza with 24 words, your poem would be 24 lines long. And so on.

Helpful Links

What is a Golden Shovel? with Peter Kahn

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/92023/introduction-586e948ad9af8

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/golden-shovel-poetic-form

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