Evie Shockley

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Evie Shockley Biography

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, "Shockley’s work incorporates elements of myth without being patently 'mythical' and is personal without being self-indulgent ...

Evie Shockley Comments

Fabrizio Frosini 31 December 2016

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

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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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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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The Best Poem Of Evie Shockley

— 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
sickle, the sliver
of shadow eating

us up inside. after
the mountains breathe
their mint-and-sorrow
green against the long
summer sky, they burst

into hot october
laughter, lighting
the horizon with citrus,
rust, and blood. you
put this knife in my

hand. we pull. we
meet as oceans come
together, heaving
against and clinging
across our salt watery

boundary. we approach
endlessly like two rails
of one track, tied
in a parallel that
promises our eyes to

merge, someplace far
off in the distance. you
put this feather in my
palm. my fingers
close around flight.

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