Evie Shockley

(Nashville / Tennessee / United States)

Evie Shockley Poems

1. Lifeline 10/23/2014
2. Disciple 10/23/2014
3. du bois in ghana -new- 6/22/2015
4. canvas and mirror -new- 6/22/2015
5. From The Lost Letters Of Frederick Douglass 10/23/2014
6. A Background In Music 10/23/2014
7. On New Year's Eve 10/23/2014
8. Playing With Fire 10/23/2014
9. Effect Shrewd Preferences 10/23/2014
10. Pantoum: Landing, 1976 10/23/2014
11. Statistical Haiku (Or, How Do They Discount Us? Let Me Count The Ways) 10/23/2014
12. The Anklet 10/23/2014
13. Her Tin Skin 10/23/2014
14. Waiting On The Mayflower 10/23/2014
15. Notes To My Nieces (Or, Essays In Fortune-Telling ) 10/23/2014
16. Where You Are Planted 10/23/2014
17. A Sonnet For Stanley Tookie Williams 10/23/2014
18. — Shall Become As — 10/23/2014
19. Where Is It Clean 1/1/2004
20. Ballplayer 1/13/2003
Best Poem of 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 weight

and shake mosquitos from my ankles,
but never take my eyes off the game.
yours follow the orange orb, your pupils
twin, brown moons reflecting its light.

your play is wild efficiency,
you are a four-pronged magic wand,
waving, as if agentless, in all directions at once.
an opponent dribbles the ball - now he sees it,

now he don't, it's gone, flown,
and you've given it its wings.
you are one-eighth of the shrieking ...

Read the full of Ballplayer

du bois in ghana

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 chipped

like wood beneath an axe, a large enough
diaspora to girdle the globe, and a mere four
thousand years) was either well-deserved
sinecure or well-earned trust

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