About the Poems
by Evie Shockley
I typically resist talking about the poems, but will attempt to follow protocol while remaining fittingly discreet. On “pink think (a primer for girls of other colors)”: I was primed for revisiting pink’s hegemony over the idea of femininity by my engagement with a new media art work by Mendi+Keith Obadike entitled “the pink of stealth.” On “salty (extended play)”: antistrophe, that neglected cousin of anaphora, called. On “ars georgica”: my maternal grandparents were farmers, but I don’t know what they would say to this poem. On “grounds for admittance”: part of my introduction to my new home state (NJ) was a visit to the wonderful sculpture garden called Grounds for Sculpture, where peacocks indeed abound. On “sagittarius”: I have been in a life-long love affair – not deep, but meaningful – with astrology; my birthday is November 28th.