Evie Shockley

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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 ...

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1.
— Shall Become As —

you put this pen
in my hand and you
take the pen from you put this pen
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2.
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
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3.
Ballplayer

i cop a squat on a squared-off log,
to watch you ball on the community center court.
butt numb, i shift my weight
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4.
Her Tin Skin

i want her tin skin. i want
her militant barbie breast,
resistant, cupped, no, cocked
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5.
Where You Are Planted

He's as high as a georgia pine, my father'd say, half laughing. southern trees
as measure, metaphor. highways lined with kudzu-covered southern trees.
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Paul Amrod 27 September 2019

Hi Evie, Thanks for showing your genius to our community!

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Paul Amrod 27 September 2019

A wonderfully modern funky style. I love her distinctiveness.

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Jeff Fleischer 26 January 2017

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.

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Jeff Fleischer 26 January 2017

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.

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Jeff Fleischer 26 January 2017

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.

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Fabrizio Frosini 31 December 2016

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

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