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suddenly we

Evie Shockley's new poems invite us to dream—and work—toward a more capacious "we"

In her new poetry collection, Evie Shockley mobilizes visual art, sound, and multilayered language to chart routes towards openings for the collective dreaming of a more capacious "we." How do we navigate between the urgency of our own becoming and the imperative insight that whoever we are, we are in relation to each other? Beginning with the visionary art of Black women like Alison Saar and Alma Thomas, Shockley's poems draw and forge a widening constellation of connections that help make visible the interdependence of everyone and everything on Earth.

perched

i am black, comely,
a girl on the cusp of desire.
my dangling toes take the rest
the rest of my body refuses. spine upright,
my pose proposes anticipation. i poise
in copper-colored tension, intent on
manifesting my soul in the discouraging world.

under the rough eyes of others, i stiffen.

if i must be hard, it will be as a tree, alive
with change. inside me, a love of beauty rises
like sap, sprouts from my scalp
and stretches forth. i send out my song, an aria
blue and feathered, and grow toward it,
choirs bare, but soon to bud. i am
black and becoming.

        —after Alison Saar's
Blue Bird

About the Author

EVIE SHOCKLEY, (Jersey City, NJ) poet and scholar, is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University. A Lannan Literary Award-winner, she is the author of multiple books of poetry including a half-red sea; the new black, which received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and semiautomatic, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2018.

Endorsements

"suddenly we sings the nuanced realities of Black life as homage, elegy, and polyphonic celebration striking at the core of remembrance. A deep and unfettered thinking, Shockley gives us shouts of joy amidst the drudge of a world unraveled."—Matthew Shenoda, author of Tahrir Suite
Wesleyan University Press
Wesleyan Poetry Series

9780819500236 : suddenly-we-shockley
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$25.00 USD

Other Titles by Evie Shockley

semiautomatic

Evie Shockley
Jun 2018 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$11.99 USD - Electronic book text

Contemporary African American Literature

edited by Lovalerie King, Shirley Moody-Turner, with contributions by Darryl Dickson-Carr, Eve Dunbar, Kristina Graaff, Carmen L. Phelps, James Braxton Peterson, L. H. Stallings, Trudier Harris, Howard Rambsy, Dana A. Williams, Greg Car...
Aug 2013 - Indiana University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback

the new black

Evie Shockley
Mar 2012 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$12.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles from Wesleyan Poetry Series

The Ruins of Nostalgia

Donna Stonecipher
Oct 2023 - Wesleyan University Press
$28.00 USD - Hardback
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Sukun

Kazim Ali
Sep 2023 - Wesleyan University Press
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Fierce Elegy

Peter Gizzi
Aug 2023 - Wesleyan University Press
$27.00 USD - Hardback
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in POETRY / American / African American

Black Creole Chronicles

Mona Lisa Saloy
Apr 2023 - University of New Orleans Press
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Buffalo Dance, expanded edition

Frank X Walker
Nov 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text
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We Know This Place

Sunni Patterson
Apr 2022 - University of New Orleans Press
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in Black & Asian studies

Lucky Medicine

Lester W. Thompson
Feb 2023 - Indiana University Press
$60.00 USD - Hardback
$24.00 USD - Paperback / softback

They Got Daddy

Sharon Tubbs
Jan 2023 - Indiana University Press
$65.00 USD - Hardback
$20.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Musical Resilience

Shalini R. Ayyagari
Nov 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$95.00 USD - Hardback
$26.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$21.99 USD - Electronic book text