Poetry Books by Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley Books, Evie Shockley poetry book She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks Authors: M. NourbeSe Philip
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Published Date: 2015-10-06
Categories: Poetry
The groundbreaking seminal collection by the author of Zong!

Evie Shockley Books, Evie Shockley poetry book A Half-red Sea Authors: Evie Shockley
Publisher: Carolina Wren Press Poetry
Published Date: 2006
Categories: History
In a half-red sea, Evie Shockley is 'dreaming the lives of the ancestors.' Navigating against prevailing currents, these poems sail on eddy and backflow, taking inspiration from knots and twists of American history and culture. Whether improvising between the lines of a slave narrative in 'henry bibb considers love and livery,' amplifying Lady Day's most devastating blues in 'you can say that again, billie,' or going freestyle with 'double bop for ntozake shange,' Shockley's imaginationtravels every which away. In 'a thousand words' and other reflections on contemporary events, Shockley's firm grounding in history adds weight and depth to her observations of the recent past and present. - Harryette Mullen, Advance Reader

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Ernest Dowson Poem
Vain Hope
 by Ernest Dowson

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say,
Though late it be, though lily-time be past,
Though all the summer skies be overcast,
Haply I will go down to her, some day,
And cast my rests of life before her feet,
That she may have her will of me, being so sweet
And none gainsay!


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