A golden shovel sounds like some kind of gravedigger’s award (‘and the nominees for best-dug hole are…’) but it isn’t. I came across it today when researching places to send my poetry and discovered that it is in fact a very new poetic form which began as a tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks’s poetry (no, I hadn’t heard of her either.) You take a line or two from a poem and make your own out of it like this: each word of the original line becomes the last word of each line in the new poem. For example, this is a poem taken from one of Brooks’:
The Golden Shovel
by Terrance Hayes, after Gwendolyn Brooks
The Pool Players, Seven at the Golden Shovel.
I also sent a limerick (previously written) and started a poem about the naming of the new Prince.
I am on a roll!