Jonathan Moody

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January 29, 2016

Nick me, cut this tongue’s
thin anchor, heat the nail head

red to white

August 19, 2015

The night sky’s crescent nose,
tailor-made for stirring

the punch bowl of spiked
gossip, spins De La Soul’s “Buddy.”

February 20, 2015

This month we’re playing in the borderlands, exploring the spaces between categories. Intercontinental love stories; strangers in strange lands; the struggle to remain constant in a world of transience. These books bend genre and their subjects navigate the passages between success and failure, present and past, public and private life—between where they are and where they have in mind.

Recommended: Middle Men by Jim Gavin, The Shape of a Pocket by John Berger, Mo
’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Ben Greenman, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks.

February 3, 2015

Jonathan Moody is a poet and professor. His first full-length collection, The Doomy Poems, deals with time and place through persona poems, and is described by Terrance Hayes as having an “innovative funkiness that transcends the ruckus and heartache of our modern world.” Moody’s second poetry collection, Olympic Butter Gold, won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize and will be published in summer this year. His poem “Dear 2Pac” appears in Issue 08 of The Common, and his “Portrait of Hermes as a B-Boy,” “Kleosphobia,” and “Paranoid,” have all been featured at The Common Online. Melody Nixon caught up with Moody this winter, and between New Zealand and Texas they talked poetry activism, politics, Houston skyscrapers, and the cosmopolitan radiance of Downtown Pittsburgh.

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January 22, 2015

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Please enjoy four new poems by The Common contributors.

Sandeep Parmar

from Eidolon, xxxv.

April 13, 2015

Issue 08 is here! Read Jonathan Moody’s poem, “Dear 2Pac,” and pick up a copy of Issue 08 today.

I begin with Byron & Tennyson
& watch my students bury
their heads on desks; they rest
easier than the deceased. Dear 2PAC,
it’s me against the world of Indifference. [Click here to read on...]

Multiple Authors

May 23, 2014

It's time for our monthly poetry feature! Today, we are publishing eight new poems from The Common print contributors.


February 23, 2017

Jonathan Moody received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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