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Article Title

Ascension

Publication Date

12-2020

Document Type

Poetry

Abstract

Golden Shovel Poems

A Golden Shovel is a poetic form devised by Terrence Hayes in homage to the African American poet Gwendolyn Brooks, long time poet laureate of Chicago. It is a poem in which the poet takes a line from another poet’s poem (or the entire poem if it is short) and creates a new poem. In the poems below, retired Dordt professor David Schelhaas takes the words of the poem “Bee Still” by his son Luke (written in 1994 when he was a Dordt student), and creates a new poem by using them as the end words of each line of his poem “Ascension.” So, you can read Luke’s poem by reading the end words of each line of Dave’s poem.

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8

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