Evie Shockley Poems
- Where Is It Clean when your mother can rise from her ...
- Ballplayer i cop a squat on a squared-off log, to watch you ...
- — Shall Become As — you put this pen in my hand and ...
- Where You Are Planted He's as high as a georgia pine, my ...
- Her Tin Skin i want her tin skin. i want her militant...
- On New Year's Eve we make midnight a maquette of the ...
- Disciple My father: younger, handsome, downright ...
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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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 ...