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  • gen_augustus_mellon
    Jul 7, 2014

      fun poetic form created by Terrance Hayes and posted on Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog.

      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.

      He's currently "running" a challenge (writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides), to write as many as you can/want to, with the "winner(s)" being published in the analog version later this year...