Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Poetry Column: Jonathan Moody's 'Luke Cage, Hip-Hop Superhero for Hire'

The Poetry Column

Poet Jonathan Moody is the winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. This poem is from his latest poetry collection, Olympic Butter Gold (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern). He teaches at Pearland High School and lives in Fresno, Texas. Moody will be a featured author at the 24th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 12 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading.

Luke Cage, Hip-Hop Superhero for Hire

My indestructible skin resists the battering

ram of a fan's autograph request.

Diddy doesn't want what happened

to Biggie to happen to him.

Every move this bad boy

makes I counter like a chess piece

'cause any one of these neon lights

flashing from the DJ's booth

could be a tactical, green electro-

sight laser sizing up my client's torso.

Chillin' in the VIP section,

he fills up a glass with pineapple Ciroc

& nods his head to Cypress Hill's

"How I Could Just Kill a Man";

the tight waves in his freshly

cut fade are stenciled

in deep like letters on a tombstone.

It's my job to see death

in everything so Diddy

can enjoy life.

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