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semiautomatic
Evie Shockley

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• that’s a rap (sheet music for alphabet street)
• I. O THE TIMES
• weather or not
• the way we live now ::
• buried truths
• what’s not to liken?
• playing with fire
• mirror and canvas
• if a junco
• banking on amnesia
• a one-act play
• in a no-win zone
• corrective rape (or, i’m here to help)
• Sex Trafficking Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in the USA (or, The Nation’s Plague in Plain Sight)
• II. THE TOPSY SUITE
• studies in antebellum literature (or, topsy-turvy)
• topsy’s notes on taxonomy
• topsy talks about her role
• from
topsy in wonderland
• [“NOW, READER . . .”]
• III. REFRAIN
• a-lyrical ballad (or, how america reminds us of the value of family)
• keep your eye on
• haibun for a parasitic pre-apocalyptic blues
• sore score
• in the california mountains, far from shelby / county, alabama and even farther from / the supreme court building, the black poet / seeks the low-down from a kindred entity
• i declare war
• acrobatic
• song in the back yard
• legend
• legit-i-mate
• improphised
cogito ergo loquor
• philosophically immune
• “the people want the regime to fall”
• a dark scrawl
• a one-act play
• fukushima blues
• jim crow stole my father’s wings
• supply and demand
• [“STOP : MEET WITH ME HERE . . .”]
• IV. BLUES MODALITY
• preface to a twenty-first-century survival guide
• senzo
• lotto motto
• a one-act play
• to be continued blues
• of speech
• the obsolete army
• truth in advertising
• upon this plot
• how long has this jayne been gone?
• du bois in ghana
• cosmography
• circe / odysseus / black odysseys (a remix-collage)
• notes
• acknowledgments

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:58:59 -0500