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. Playing With Fire 10/23/2014
7. The Anklet 10/23/2014
8. Pantoum: Landing, 1976 10/23/2014
9. Statistical Haiku (Or, How Do They Discount Us? Let Me Count The Ways) 10/23/2014
10. From The Lost Letters Of Frederick Douglass 10/23/2014
11. Waiting On The Mayflower 10/23/2014
12. Notes To My Nieces (Or, Essays In Fortune-Telling ) 10/23/2014
13. Effect Shrewd Preferences 10/23/2014
14. Her Tin Skin 10/23/2014
15. Where You Are Planted 10/23/2014
16. A Sonnet For Stanley Tookie Williams 10/23/2014
17. — Shall Become As — 10/23/2014
18. On New Year's Eve 10/23/2014
19. Ballplayer 1/13/2003
20. Where Is It Clean 1/1/2004
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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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.

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