Who is Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is an American poet. Shockley received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry for her book the new black and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2018.

Early life Shockley is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. Shockley received a BA from Northwestern University, studied law at the University of Michigan, and received and a PhD in English from Duke University.

Career Shockley teaches at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey. She published the book Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry in 2011. The book explores the poetics of the Black Arts Movement.

She has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow si...
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Evie Shockley Poems

  • On New Year's Eve
    we make midnight a maquette of the year:
    frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize
    the vows we offer to ourselves in near
    silence: the competition shimmerwise ...
  • Disciple
    My father: younger, handsome, downright square,
    eyes like brown buttons fastening his face
    over his soul, mouth not too straight to swear,
    to say, man, sonny stitt's ass trashed the place, ...
  • 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.

    fuchsia, lavender, white, light pink, purple : crape myrtle bouquets burst ...
  • Waiting On The Mayflower
    i. august 1619

    arrived in a boat, named
    and unnamed, twenty, pirated ...
  • The Anklet
    my sister's visit
    to india begins
    it. i asked for a sari,
    but received ...
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  • Blkgrlpoet: reading evie shockley’s work is an act of discovery every time. i first read the new black as a very green college junior, a baby poet myself. now, i see so much more. forms, references, metaphors, style. it’s a wonderland.
  • Junipersummer: the guest writers at juniper have inspiring craft sessions and workshops! check out ‘her tin skin’ by instructor evie shockley:
  • Cawkward_rich: have a little love poem to my friends / the friends of my mind up today on poem-a-day. many thanks to evie shockley for her generous curation this entire month!
  • Poetsorg: that year i carried the blues around left me mean :: while indigo held fast, the daily news tattooed azure to my back. —evie shockley
  • Poetsorg: and bathe breathe believe through drought you survive like the passage schooled you till rains arrive —evie shockley
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He wiled me through the furzy croft;
He wiled me down the sandy lane.
He told his boy's love, soft and oft,
Until I told him mine again.

We married, and we sailed the main;
A soldier, and a soldier's wife.
We marched through many a burning plain;

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