“Throughout this anthology, greater than 60 different recognized Brooks poems will be learn an identical approach, with traces from ‘The mom’ and ‘The Bean Eaters’ tripping down the right-hand part of the web page. The anthology ends with ‘Non-Brooks Golden Shovels’ and ‘Variations and Expansions at the Form.’ The cross-section of poets with various poetics and types collected this is just one of the various admirable achievements of this volume.”
—Claudia Rankine, The long island Times, August 2017
“The editors, together with tireless poetry recommend Kahn, of this exact, new addition to the Gwendolyn Brooks legacy prepare a richly different set of poets operating with the main strange and fertile new poetic shape created in recent times. nationwide e-book Award winner Terrance Hayes invented the Golden Shovel, which he illuminates in his stirring foreword, writing, “Because the place do poems come from if now not different poems?” In a Golden Shovel poem, the final phrases in each one line are taken from a Brooks poem. A veritable who’s who of up to date poets attempted their fingers at this encoded homage, together with Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, pleasure Harjo, Billy Lombardo, Sharon Olds, Alberto Ríos, Tracy ok. Smith, and Timothy Yu. superbly brought by means of Patricia Smith, this can be a beguiling and mind-expanding anthology formed by way of formal services and deep appreciation for the complexity and resonance of Brooks’ paintings and profoundly nurturing impact. In all, a considerable and dynamic contribution to American literature.”
—Booklist, might 2017
"Gwendolyn Brooks used to be the 1st black author to obtain the Pulitzer Prize for poetry again in 1950. a brand new ebook honors her paintings in utilizing a kind referred to as the golden shovel, built via poet Terrance Hayes. In The Golden Shovel Anthology, poets decide upon a line from a poem of Brooks’s and use it because the final line or strains in a poem in their personal. the result's an expansive and striking assemblage edited through poets Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith.”
—Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe, March 2017
The Golden Shovel Anthology celebrates the existence and paintings of poet and civil rights icon Gwendolyn Brooks via a dynamic new poetic shape, the Golden Shovel, created via nationwide ebook Award–winner Terrance Hayes.
The final phrases of every line in a Golden Shovel poem are, so as, phrases from a line or traces taken from a Brooks poem. The poems are, in a manner, secretly encoded to allow either a horizontal interpreting of the recent poem and vertical studying down the right-hand margin of Brooks’s unique. An array of writers—including Pulitzer Prize winners, T. S. Eliot Prize winners, nationwide publication Award winners, and nationwide Poet Laureates—have written poems for this intriguing new anthology: Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovani, Sharon Olds, Tracy ok. Smith, Mark Doty, Sharon Draper, and Julia Glass are only the various contributing poets.
The poems stumbled on the following will encourage a variety of readers, lecturers, and writers of poetry whereas while supplying extraordinary entry for rookies, making it excellent for study rooms. The Golden Shovel Anthology also will honor Brooks with e-book in 2017, the centenary of her birth.