Monday, May 17, 2021

May Golden Shovel #17

 source: Three Ways of Looking at a Performance

Auditions for summer start in three

Weeks. The summer months search for ways

To make themselves the hottest by the obvious of

Too much sun. June throws her pearls before swine, looking

For a salty advantage. July throws red-white-blue-green-orange fireworks at

A dumbfounded sky. August breaks all heat records as a

Hurricane floods Earth for 40 days, in a total performance.


I’m continuing to use 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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