Shockley, Evie. the new black: poems. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2011. 128 pp. $22.95 (cloth). [View title on Goodreads] Reviewed by Reginald Dwayne Betts “You are my shelter from the storm/ and the storm,” writes Evie Shockley in “ode to blackness.” This couplet speaks directly to the conundrum that drives this devastatingly beautiful collection: black [...]

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