This is an invitation to all of you poets (or potential poets, which is all of you) out there to join me in a new collaborative series I’m calling “Get Your Golden Shovel”. Here is how it will work.
Each Saturday in February (as an initial experiment and then I’ll decide whether to continue), will be Golden Shovel Saturday. I’ll post a prompt consisting of one or two lines from a well known poem on Saturday, then we all will create a new poem using the Golden Shovel technique and share it with each other. I think it will be very interesting to see how different each of our pieces are despite pulling from the same source of material.
What is the Golden Shovel technique, you ask? It’s a poetic form originally created by the poet, Terrance Hayes. Check out the “rules” here. There is also an example provided.
Golden Shovel No. 01
“Time says hush. By the gong of time you live.”The Gong of Time by Carl Sandburg (Honey and Salt)
You can either post on your own blog and link to the prompt post so that we can all see it and further share or include it in the prompt post’s comments section.
While there is not any hard deadlines, the intention is to share your Golden Shovel poem during the prompt week before the following Golden Shovel Saturday. I’ll target posting my own poem along with some of yours with links in a recap post ahead of the following weeks.
That’s it. Today’s the the first prompt. Feel free to give it a try with the prompt line above if you want to get your feet wet.
I’m looking forward to seeing what develops from this. It should be fun!
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