Okay, friends, it's Day Five today: one-sixth of the way through National Poetry Month and the first weekend. Get to work on your poems, everyone! ヅ
"[W]rite a discovery poem," prompts Robert Lee Brewer today. "The narrator could discover an object, a person, an animal, a dishonorable deed, or any number of things. Poets can focus on the discovery, examine the aftermath, or even just mention it in passing" (Poetic Asides).
"Today I challenge you to write a 'golden shovel,'" urges Maureen Thorson. "This form was invented by Terrance Hayes in his poem, "The Golden Shovel." The last word of each line of Hayes’ poem is a word from Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem "We Real Cool." (NaPoWriMo). In her post today, Maureen has more suggestions: for example, writing from other small poems, such as "Watermelons" by Charles Simic.
Okay, taking on both prompts at the same time today. Wish me luck!
Discovery — A Golden Shovel
Okay, that's my best shot at a "We Real Cool" golden shovel today. I need to live with the poem longer — days, months, a year — and let it simmer. I've been after my student poets lately to eschew the abstract and embrace the concrete, but here I am with lots of abstraction, so not practicing what I preach very well today. Anyway, here's my golden shovel for now. Hope it works well enough for the nonce.
Are you maybe wondering about the axolotl? It's a Mexican salamander that's pretty amazing looking.
Coyote Asks Raven for Assistance
Excellent poem again, Alan. Reminds me of the old joke among composition teachers of throwing essays you're grading down some stairs: the further an essay falls the higher the grade because obviously that essay has some substance. ヅ You could even label each step with a grade, starting with A at the bottom step.
I also appreciate how Raven and Coyote hearken back to Native American trickster mythologies. And the subtle connection with Poe is fun too. I thought Raven would say "Nevermore" at some point!
Friends, won't you comment, please? I'd particularly like to hear what you think of my golden shovel. Or what your own ventures have been with this form. Alan would love to get some feedback on Coyote and being an adjunct college instructor. To comment, look for a blue link below that says "Post a comment"; if you don't see that, look in the red line that starts "Posted by" and click on the word "comments."
Ingat, friends — take good care. ヅ
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