May/June 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 3 June 15, 2022 |

nature studies

             first, it was a short piece of lupine, passed around the group, for us              to smell its intoxicating wine. then, the toxic corn lily, from which he              peeled leaf after leaf until nothing remained, to reveal the illusion              of stalk. next, a still berryless sprig of mistletoe, plucked from the jolly              parasitic kiss it had given a baby jeffrey pine’s twiggy trunk. &. &.              my heart snapped with each stem, every time he stepped off the trail              to return with a my

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Evie Shockley is a poet and scholar. Her most recent poetry collections, the new black (Wesleyan, 2011) and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), both won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; the latter was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. Her poetry has appeared internationally in print and audio formats, in English and in translation. She has received the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Cave Canem, among others. Shockley is Professor of English at Rutgers University.

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