Thursday, April 15, 2021

30/30: Golden Shovel #15.2

source: Shortage of Small Chips Is Causing Big Problems

He doesn’t foresee how the shortage

of resources, of outside help, of

inside information will nibble small

chinks in his defenses. Poker chips

become his only asset, but that pile is

an illusion of strength, causing

enemies to bolster their evidence, their big

lie, which only begins his problems. 



Here is how I am using Terrance Hayes’s Golden Shovel poem format, as proposed by the Sunday New York Times "At Home" section, for 30 Poems in 30 Days during National Poetry Month.


Take a newspaper headline that attracts you.

Use each word in the line as the end word for each line in your poem.

Keep the end words in order.

Describe the story that the headline is for.

The poem does not have to be about the same subject as the headline that creates the end words.


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