Evie Shockley

(Nashville / Tennessee / United States)

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Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Evie Shockley received her BA from Northwestern University. After studying Law at the University of Michigan, she earned her PhD in African Literature from Duke University.

Shockley's first book, The Gorgon Goddess, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2001. Since then she has published three books: a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), 31 words * prose poems (Belladonna* Books, 2007), and the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2011).

Embracing both free verse and formal structures, Shockley straddles the divide between traditional and experimental poetics. A review of her work in Library Journal noted that, ... more »

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  • Jeff Fleischer (1/26/2017 6:25:00 PM)

    My Son, The Drummer Boy - Poem by Jeff Fleischer
    My son, the drummer boy.
    Barely thirteen, will march off
    To this civil war.
    I hope and pray
    I will see him again on earth
    Before I see him in heaven.
    His father is dead.
    His brothers are lost.
    There will be no man of the house left.
    His sisters and I fear for his life.
    The enemy cares not if
    They cause me another reason to grieve.
    I told my son, the drummer boy,
    That the most important thing of all
    To remember is to keep your mother's
    And sisters' love in your heart.

  • Jeff Fleischer (1/26/2017 6:24:00 PM)

    My son, the drummer boy.
    Barely thirteen, will march off
    To this civil war.
    I hope and pray
    I will see him again on earth
    Before I see him in heaven.
    His father is dead.
    His brothers are lost.
    There will be no man of the house left.
    His sisters and I fear for his life.
    The enemy cares not if
    They cause me another reason to grieve.
    I told my son, the drummer boy,
    That the most important thing of all
    To remember is to keep your mother's
    And sisters' love in your heart.

  • Jeff Fleischer (1/26/2017 6:20:00 PM)

    Can you feel for me? It was my daughter and her child
    Torn away from my heart by a man whose passions went wild.
    Does he care that I will never see them anymore?
    He just ignored their cries when they hit the floor.
    You can not imagine the painful thoughts that leaped through my mind.
    When I realized that bloodstained kin was all I would find.
    How could someone so very unstable
    Have once been a soul seated at G-d's table.
    G-d, one thing I must ask:
    Please punish the evildoer and take him to task.
    G-d give me strength so I will quit looking for the reason
    That my Mary and my Troy are not alive to see another season.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/31/2016 4:08:00 AM)

    by the way... Evie Shockley was born in 1965..

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Best Poem of Evie Shockley

Where Is It Clean

when your mother can rise from her place
on the pew during the early service,

early enough that the sun barely fills the sky
with its weak straw, but row after row

in the auditorium is flush with folks who want
to be home before the football game gets underway

or hate the slower pace the later service takes
but still got to get their god on

before starting a new week: when she can rise
and tip down the aisle, three-inch heels

pointing a warning at hell through the plush
mauve carpet, smile and nod at preacher,

who is sitting on the ...

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