BY David Antonio Moody

They are experts, really, dragonflies,
at ignorant waltz. Raise a hand
and they don’t stop moving
though the music’s over, festival’s over.

This city has turned like a page to blankness
and in you the tip of something shakes.

This is why they float
to you, finally, and listen.
This is something like treetops
or innards, I suppose.


David Antonio Moody is a writing instructor at Arizona State University and serves as production editor for Cortland Review. Recipient of a 2014 AWP Intro Journals Award, his recent poetry appears in The Carolina Quarterly, Breakwater Review and The Columbia Review. Born into a small Florida river town, David earned his doctoral degree from Florida State University where he performed in the Jack Haskin’s Flying High Circus.