The golden shovel is a poetic form created quite recently by the poet Terrance Hayes. It takes another poet's poem - either the whole piece or some choice lines - and uses its words as the end words of the lines of a new poem. So if you read down the right-hand side, just the last words of each line, of the golden shovel poem, you will be reading the poem that inspired it. But the golden shovel poem is also a poem in itself, one that pays tribute to, but also expands, develops or even completely changes, the meaning of the original.
After Come to Milton Keynes by Paul Weller
Me and the rest of the company grunts, we
know for sure that we are being used
as fodder for the god of profit, doff the cap to
ownership, it seems we’re whipped to chase
targets and schemes instead of our dreams.
After A Stone’s Throw Away by Paul Weller
News just in
of last year’s protests starting again in Chile
And hundreds of thousands massing in
the city streets for women’s rights in Poland
Burned-out squatters turning out in Johannesburg
After Earth Beat by Paul Weller
Her banner has a planet on, she’s
carrying resistance and insisting that the
government takes action for a new
start for a cleaner, greener future from today.
After Liza Radley by Paul Weller
While others despise her, Liza –
that’s short for Elizabeth – Radley,
I madly admire her, I see
her dance and I yearn for the
stance and the world of the girl
labelled wrong, who has grown with
a mind of her own and I long
not to be scared and to dare to do that with my hair.