Evie Shockley
— Shall Become As — by Evie Shockley

— Shall Become As — by Evie Shockley

You put this penin my hand and youtake the pen from my hand. the nightbefore the full moon the moon seemsfull. what is missingis a dark hungry ...

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On New Year’s Eve by Evie Shockley

On New Year’s Eve by Evie Shockley

we make midnight a maquette of the year:frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize the vows we offer to ourselves in nearsilence: the competition shimmerwise of ...

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Where Is It Clean by Evie Shockley

Where Is It Clean by Evie Shockley

when your mother can rise from her placeon the pew during the early service,early enough that the sun barely fills the skywith its weak straw, but row after rowin the auditorium ...

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Ballplayer by Evie Shockley

Ballplayer by Evie Shockley

i cop a squat on a squared-off log,to watch you ball on the community center court.butt numb, i shift my weightand shake mosquitos from my ankles,but never take my eyes off the ...

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Notes To My Nieces (Or, Essays In Fortune-Telling ) by Evie Shockley

Notes To My Nieces (Or, Essays In Fortune-Telling ) by Evie Shockley

when i was younger, treeswere green, money was green, moneygrew on trees, or trees grew upand became money. now, money is clearlyplastic, spreads like cancer, getting itis ...

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Where You Are Planted by Evie Shockley

Where You Are Planted by Evie Shockley

He's as high as a georgia pine, my father'd say, half laughing. southern treesas measure, metaphor. highways lined with kudzu-covered southern trees. fuchsia, lavender, white, ...

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A Sonnet For Stanley Tookie Williams by Evie Shockley

A Sonnet For Stanley Tookie Williams by Evie Shockley

All month this country has careened toward coldand winter's celebrations: what a star announced—a birth—and then a chance to folda year away, pull one fresh from the ...

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Disciple by Evie Shockley

Disciple by Evie Shockley

My father: younger, handsome, downright square,eyes like brown buttons fastening his faceover his soul, mouth not too straight to swear,to say, man, sonny stitt's ass trashed the ...

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Playing With Fire by Evie Shockley

Playing With Fire by Evie Shockley

something is always burning, passion, pride, envy, desire, the internal organs going chokingly up in smoke, as some- thing outside ...

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Pantoum: Landing, 1976 by Evie Shockley

Pantoum: Landing, 1976 by Evie Shockley

Dreaming the lives of the ancestors,you awake, justly terrified of this world:you could dance underwater and not get wet,you hear, but the pressure is drowning you: you're awake, ...

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canvas and mirror by Evie Shockley

canvas and mirror by Evie Shockley

self-portrait with cats, with purple, with stacks of half-read books adorning my desk, with coffee, with mug, with yesterday's mug. self-portrait ...

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Statistical Haiku (Or, How Do They Discount Us? Let Me Count The Ways) by Evie Shockley

Statistical Haiku (Or, How Do They Discount Us? Let Me Count The Ways) by Evie Shockley

only 3 of 100 black boysentering kindergarten will graduate college—in the night sky, shooting starsevery day a black personunder 20 years old commits suicide—plucked magnolia ...

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From The Lost Letters Of Frederick Douglass by Evie Shockley

From The Lost Letters Of Frederick Douglass by Evie Shockley

Dear Daughter, Can you be fifty-three thismonth? I still look for you to peek aroundmy door as if you'd discovered a toyyou thought gone for good, ...

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Lifeline by Evie Shockley

Lifeline by Evie Shockley

wedged in the top branches, rain still sighing to earth as a dissolute sky dissolves,a mozambican woman turns mother, her water breaking loose to pool with ...

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du bois in ghana by Evie Shockley

du bois in ghana by Evie Shockley

at 93, you determined to pick up and go—and stay gone. the job nkrumah called you to,to create, at last, your encyclopedia africana (encompassing a continent ...

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A Background In Music by Evie Shockley

A Background In Music by Evie Shockley

music city u.s.a. it was, nothing doing without a song, and not just twangy tunes that rhyme southern drawlswith guitar strings, though it's true i knew charlie ...

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The Anklet by Evie Shockley

The Anklet by Evie Shockley

my sister's visit to india begins it. i asked for a sari, but receivedwhat would fit in her pack. silver. link after link, boneinterlocked with O. a blossom ...

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Effect Shrewd Preferences by Evie Shockley

Effect Shrewd Preferences by Evie Shockley

the screed seen here blesses the sweet, the meek, the gentle, the serene. let eyes ensembledpeep the news sheets: ere december descends, we'll elect ...

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Waiting On The Mayflower by Evie Shockley

Waiting On The Mayflower by Evie Shockley

i. august 1619 arrived in a boat, namedand unnamed, twenty, pirated away from a portugueseslaver, traded for victuals. drowned in this land of fresh,volatile clearings and folk ...

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Her Tin Skin by Evie Shockley

Her Tin Skin by Evie Shockley

i want her tin skin. i want her militant barbie breast,resistant, cupped, no, cocked in the V of her elbow. i wantmy curves mountainous and locked. i want her ...

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