Tuesday, July 20, 2021

July Golden Shovel #20

Father lightning shoots down a sharp jolt and a

Dry tree welcomes his jab, leaping into fire

That creeps gingerly among dry leaves so

Slowly she’s unnoticed until a burst of overwhelming

Flame takes charge, leading fire’s advance. It

Revs up, gobbling all tinder handy. Fire controls

The earth, the air, all becomes nourishment for the

Fire, announcing her dominance to power the weather.


source: A Fire So Overwhelming It Controls the Weather


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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  1. I'm always intrigued by golden shovel poems. Well done! I am inspired to create one of my one.

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  2. thank you! Did you write one? I'd love to see it — and I've done a revise of this one, what I was really aiming for. http://redemma1991.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-golden-shovel-201.html