For some reason when I attend NCTE I am drawn to poetry sessions. Why? I don’t know. I do not consider myself a poet, yet still I go. Maybe I hope to one day be inspired to write some meaningful poetry.
Anyway, NCTE 2019 was no exception. I did attend several sessions on poetry. Last week I shared Sijo poems, which were new to me. This week I would like to share another format that I learned. I found it interesting and a bit more difficult to write.
Are you familiar with Golden Shovel Poetry? I can honestly I had never heard of it so I was curious to hear what it was and how to go about writing one.
I learned that this type of poem was devised by Terrance Hayes in homage to Gwendolyn Brooks.
Here is how it works. Find a line from a poem or story that interests or speaks to you. Every word in that line or sentence becomes the last word in each line of your poem. Your poem does not need to be on the same topic as the work from which the line comes. You do need to give credit to the original piece and it’s author.
I found this to be a bit challenging, but I did give it a try. Here is what I came up with.
I chose a line from The Perks of Being Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Here is the line: We accept the love we think we deserve.
As we navigate our lives, we
encounter obstacles. How we accept
and deal with them is the
essence of who we are. Do we love
ourselves enough to conquer them, or do we
submit to self pity because we think
it’s all we
are worth. Do we get what we deserve?
I admit that this was a difficult from for me. I am not sure if what I wrote makes any kind of sense or if they are just words on a page. I do know that I want to try more like this and see what I can come up with.
If you are inspired by this kind of poetry I would like to read your examples.