Evie Shockley

Nashville / Tennessee / United States
Evie Shockley
Nashville / Tennessee / United States
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Where Is It Clean

Rating: 2.9
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
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Bernard F. Asuncion 26 January 2017
Excellent poem..... Thanks for sharing.....
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Seamus O Brian 26 January 2017
This is a compelling narrative; the precision of the writing and the cadence produce a suspense that carries the reader along to the luminous final four stanzas. Satisfying and substantial.
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Edward Kofi Louis 26 January 2017
She learned. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Tom Allport 26 January 2017
a very nice clean poem that tells an interesting story.
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Lantz Pierre 26 January 2017
I literally looked up the word clean hoping to get an idea of what the driving force behind this poem is. It's a beautifully articulated narrative, very clear in the images and sequencing, the reference to the mother reading a text by the daughter. The pride of family and congregation. I found more meanings and uses for the word clean than I was expecting. Most of them even fit here, more or less. But none of the meanings supplied the key to unlock the reference. Why is this set in church? Is clean meant to be a radiant religious metaphor? Honestly, I can't unlock it. The whole poem remains frozen between the clutches of the title and last line for me. I'm frustrated by an amorphous metaphor that I don't understand, even when the writing throughout is pretty darn clean. Go figure.
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Anil Kumar Panda 26 January 2017
early enough that the sun barely fills the sky with its weak straw, but row after row... is very nice. your style of telling story is unique. Loved it.
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Kim Barney 22 June 2015
Your poetry is really good! Why people are voting it so low, I can not understand. Best wishes to you.
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