Trey Moody was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2009, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, and Washington Square. Thought That Nature is his first book. (Author photo by Jennifer Flagler Moody)
Like rigorous philosophy, Trey Moody’s poems begin with the immediate evidence, then move outward: “I am here,” he says, “So far/ this seems to have been true.” With his own existence as somewhat shaky premise, Moody is able to explore correspondences of thought and nature, of mind and matter. His project is to identify and capture those moments when the border between personal consciousness and the otherness of the physical become porous: “Pin oak left/ me with its leaves, each/ a somewhat familiar word.” Word is just one letter away from world, and through Moody’s bemused, self-effacing explorations we begin to see just how much language shades and even determines our day-to-day experience....This debut collection by a poet of obvious promise offers the reader a folding together of sensual delight and intellectual pursuit—a rare and bracing combination.
"It has a tremendous momentum that amounts to a tempestuous phenomenon of wind or wave or both."