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.