Jane requested this one too… the Golden Shovel (Click here to learn more). It is a poem in which you borrow several words and use them at the ends of your new lines. If you read the last word(s) of my lines they will make up a portion of Billy Collins poem, Royal Aristocrat, a poem about a typewriter. I cheated a bit and used more than one of BC’s words at the end of a few of my lines. but overall I think I met the spirit of the poem. Additionally, I really don’t like this poem. I would start again, but as it is now 10:25pm, I don;t want to spend another hour working on this… so… If you also dislike the poem, please feel free to revise it in the comments. Cheers!
The Golden Shovel ala Geoghegan and Collins:
I’ve never written one of these before, and I am not sure I like the form, but here it is anyway. Getting in touch with my inner Scrooge. For more info on chant poems (click here). Hope you enjoy it.
Hello again!! This is a poem that isn’t on the list. I am sure I found the idea somewhere but I can’t remember where. I like it so I’m sharing it. This particular poem is one that I jotted partially and then set aside. Here is the final version. A four second story.
Ok this is a “found poem” or a “blackout poem” or an “erasure poem”… I suppose any of those are adequate descriptors. This was a page from the book, Only the Heart Knows How to Find Them by Christopher DaVinck, is a collection of essays. The essay in which I found this poem is titled “First Love.” My poem is untitled.
Today, I am trying my hand at the Shadorma (Click here for more info). It is a Spanish form that bears some resemblance to the Japanese haiku, yet it is a form all unto itself. I enjoyed writing them so much I have included three examples. Again, I am not saying these are great examples, but they are examples, nonetheless. I hope you enjoy them
Three Shadorma poems: