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Innovation in Form, Form as Innovation
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Martha Collins
FIELD / Poetry Daily

Shockley's own new book of poems exemplifies this fusion of the formal and innovative as well as any recent book I can think of. Shockley isn't simply a formalist, nor does she always seem radically innovative: the new black includes love poems and poems in narrative and epistolary modes that provide accessible moments of relief against the more demanding work. And no matter how experimental, the book as a whole allows, in Greenberg's words, "subject matter to remain at the core."