Past Issue: jessica Care moore


Summer 2020 | jessica Care moore | Vol. 4, Iss. 1

Black Lives Matter

Welcome to The Fight & The Fiddle, a publication of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. Each issue gives you a 360-degree view of a Black poet, including an interview, new poems, a critical essay, and a writing prompt inspired by our featured poet. 


jessica Care moore burst onto the poetry scene with a bang, winning the legendary “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” five times in a row with her poem “Black Statue of Liberty.” Since then, moore has gone on to do just about everything — from starting her own press (Moore Black Press) to recording music albums to writing and performing for theater to producing the annual Black WOMEN Rock! festival and spearheading a literary foundation (Jess Care Moore Foundation). moore is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently We Want Our Bodies Back (Harper Collins, 2020). She lives in Detroit with her son King Moore.

    • The Interview: jessica Care moore talks to Lauren K. Alleyne about what it means to make a life in poetry.
    • Critical Essay: Dr. Abdullah-Matta reviews jessica Care moore’s most recent Collection We Want Our Bodies Back, highlighting moore’s commitment to centering Black communities and particularly Black women, in her essay “Love Song to the People.”
    • Poems: Read “Ramadan 20 Vs COVID-19,” “Resilient Spring,” and “Define Safety” by jessica Care moore.
    • Writing Prompt: Name the problem, demand the solution. What would you call out and how would you envision repair?


jessica Care moore reads “When I write there is light.”

Photo of jessica Care moore by Sarah Mlcoch. Cover design by Megan Hinton.