Poetry Prompt For December 2023
Please italicize within your poem
The poetry prompt sentence/word MUST appear within your poem, not merely as a title! 


December prompt create a Golden Shovel Poem.

"Bone-pale, the recent snow fastens like fur to the river."

From Early December in Croton-on-Hudson by  LOUISE GLÜCK

A golden shovel poem is a poetic form that uses the last word of each line from an existing poem to create a new poem. The form was invented by Terrance Hayes in his 2010 poem “The Golden Shovel”, which pays homage to Gwendolyn Brooks’s 1959 poem “We Real Cool” The form allows for an interesting dialogue between the original and the new poem3.


Each submission must have; SUBMISSION/December2023 Poetry Prompt in the subject line.

We are not accepting Haiku or Tanka for this exercise
Please type your name under the title.
Please send poems in the body of an email; no attachments.
Please type poems flush left to the margin, avoid complicated indentions.

Send submissions to Sharmagne Leland-St. John

and to Michael Escoubas.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15th, 2023



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