Moody, Neli Marie
Publications & PresentationsPublications
_After Altamira, Poems by Neli Moody_, Ishmael Reed Publishing Company, 2006.
"Neli Moody’s ambitious first collection is an impressive debut, with a range of times
and topics well orchestrated and integrated. Her sinuous poems bring us closer to
the elements they encircle and embrace: grass, flint, clay, the bestial and beautiful,
the mythic and real—mountains, skies, stars, and plains. Prodigious and gorgeously
embodied, the world After Altamira creates is as inviting as it is challenging, as
sobering as it is exciting. These poems leave one with a sense of renewed wonder
at the boundlessness of the world.
This is a work you will want to reread, for pleasure as much as for its confrontation
with the origins and agony of our humanity."
---Paul Douglass, author of _Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography_
"Through her rich language, her roiling, pulsing rhythms and vivid particulars, Neli
Moody reveals the great heart of the beast that is human, her own heart, and the matrix
of nature from which they spring. With one bold gesture she marks her lineage and
takes her place in the ongoing creation. She marvels and broods. I hope to marvel
and brood a long time with her."
—Len Anderson, author of _Affection for the Unknowable_
"_After Altamira_ is a smart and richly allusive collection, that explores the link
between the social roles of the artist and the shaman. The poems are carved out of
a shimmering crystalline language and structured to metaphorically chart the growth
of the poet’s mind."
---Alan Soldofsky, author of _Kenora Station and Staying Home_
I presented "Shades of the Earthly and Divine: Contour, Perspective and Invention
in Dante’s Divine Comedy, Botticelli’s 'Birth of Venus,' and Eliot’s 'The Love Song
of J. Alfred Prufrock'" at the T.S. Eliot, Dante and the European Tradition: An International
Symposium in January, 2008" on Renaissance art and Modern Poetry
My essay, "A Syntax of Stones: Pre-Text, Edifice, and the Sacred Space in Richard
Berengarten’s 'Avebury'" was published by Salt Publications in the UK as part of its
Companion text to Richard's work in 2011.