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the new black
Evie Shockley

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

my last modernist poem, # 4 (or, re-re-birth of a nation)
• OUT WITH THE OLD
• my life as china
• from
The Lost Letters of Frederick Douglass
• celestial
• mesostics from the american grammar book
• statistical haiku (or, how do they discount us? let me count the ways)
• good night women (or, defying the carcinogenic pen)
• her tin skin
• pink-think (a primer for girls of other colors)
• clare’s song
• a sonnet for stanley tookie williams
• in a non-subjunctive mood
• where’s carolina?
• x marks the spot
• received in spring
• the defense of marriage act, alternatives to
• dependencies
• him/body/meant, her/body/meant
• where you are planted
• a background in music
• ode to my blackness
• THE COLD
• to see the minus
• love life, with stitches
• riven
• never after
• a matter of balance
• on new year’s eve
• the cold
• OUT WITH THE NEW
• owed to shirley chisholm :
• bop for presidential politics, c. 2008
• getting around utopia
• you can’t deny it
• womanish
• duck, duck, redux
• because there should be love
• improper(ty) behavior
• at the musée de l’homme
• a question of survival
• soundtrack for a generational shift
• revisiting
• her table mountain
• notes to my nieces (or, essays in fortune-telling)
• coming of age
• go-go tarot
• quiet as it’s kept
• tonight i saw
• salty (extended play)
• explosives
• (mis)takes one to know one
• post-white
• THE FARE-WELL LETTERS
• the fare-well letters
• dear ace bandage
• dear cuddly dharma
• dear existential fallacy
• dear gift horse
• dear ink jet
• dear kerosene lamp
• dear mid-afternoon nap
• dear opaque policy
• dear quaalude residue
• dear safety test
• dear untimely violet
• dear white xmas
• dear yesterday’s zero
• Notes
• Acknowledgments

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 09:34:01 -0500