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Smart, grounded, and lyrical, Evie Shockley's the new black integrates powerful ideas about "blackness," past and present, through the medium of beautifully crafted verse. the new black sees our racial past inevitably shaping our contemporary moment, but struggles to remember and reckon with the impact of generational shifts: what seemed impossible to people not many years ago--for example, the election of an African American president--will have always been a part of the world of children born in the new millennium. All of the poems here, whether sonnet, mesostic, or deconstructed blues, exhibit a formal flair. They speak to the changes we have experienced as a society in the last few decades--changes that often challenge our past strategies for resisting racism and, for African Americans, ways of relating to one another. The poems embrace a formal ambiguity that echoes the uncertainty these shifts produce, while reveling in language play that enables readers to "laugh to keep from crying." They move through nostalgia, even as they insist on being alive to the present and point longingly towards possible futures.

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

ISBN
9780819572882
Related ISBN
9780819571403
MARC Record
OCLC
784363736
Pages
128
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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