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Three Poems by Evie Shockley | The Nation

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Frustration

Edie Schockley's poems are the kind we all write out of frustration with the world we live in. Everything said is said in unquiet desperation over the seeming impossibility, or the empty hope, that one could actually have an outcry from the heart deep enough to warrant two or three sentences that could actually sing together. For me these poems are the Wikipedia of modern speech, trying to say everything so they can beat the reader to the punch. I think of Yeats, best poet of the twentieth century, and the beauty of lines that rope the heart into a unison of feeling for the simple loves of each day and the blessing of having a mind that is alive for itself and its own soul.