Evie Shockley

(Nashville / Tennessee / United States)

Evie Shockley Poems

1. Lifeline 10/23/2014
2. A Background In Music 10/23/2014
3. Disciple 10/23/2014
4. du bois in ghana 6/22/2015
5. canvas and mirror 6/22/2015
6. On New Year's Eve 10/23/2014
7. Playing With Fire 10/23/2014
8. Effect Shrewd Preferences 10/23/2014
9. Pantoum: Landing, 1976 10/23/2014
10. The Anklet 10/23/2014
11. Statistical Haiku (Or, How Do They Discount Us? Let Me Count The Ways) 10/23/2014
12. From The Lost Letters Of Frederick Douglass 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

— Shall Become As —

You put this pen
in my hand and you
take the pen from
my hand. the night
before the full moon

the moon seems
full. what is missing
is a dark hungry

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