A New Collection from award-winning poet Trey Moody.
AUTOBLIVION traces the difficulties of raising a young child in the Anthropocene. Haunted by the looming inevitability of environmental collapse, the poems invoke traditional storytelling genres to look ahead into the unknown. While also exploring various forms of loss, the collection ultimately serves as a love letter to a daughter's childhood, an act of preservation for now and of preparation for an opaque future.
"This book—and Moody’s work at large—is steeped in a reverent compassion that becomes the catalyst of a salvaged awe for the world. The ethos here is a quiet yet expansive celebration, not just of life but the fractures within it, too. Like the finest poems, these lyrics estrange the mundane, rendering it into such singular and clear prisms, the familiar is both newly found and, in Moody’s deft hands, inimitable." —Ocean Vuong
"Some of these poems have their feet on the ground, and some of them leave the earth; in both directions they are full of grim wonder, and the reader feels as though they have been shaken awake in the middle of the night."
Trey Moody was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His first book, Thought That Nature (Sarabande Books, 2014), won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. A graduate of Texas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he has received the Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and his poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Believer, and New England Review. He teaches at Creighton University and lives with his daughter in Omaha, Nebraska.