NPM17: “Jessie from the Golden Shovel” by Mags Webster

NPM17: “Jessie from the Golden Shovel” by Mags Webster

 

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the University of Arkansas Press will present poetry every day for the month. Today, we present “Jessie from the Golden Shovel” by Mags Webster from The Golden Shovel Anthology, edited by Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith. The last words of each line in a Golden Shovel poem are, in order, words from a line or lines taken from a Brooks poem. The poems are, in a way, secretly encoded to enable both a horizontal reading of the new poem and vertical reading down the right-hand margin of Brooks’s original. An array of writers—including Pulitzer Prize winners, T. S. Eliot Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and National Poet Laureates—have written poems for this exciting new anthology: Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovani, Sharon Olds, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Doty, Sharon Draper, and Julia Glass are just a few of the contributing poets.

 

 

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