Everyday moments celebrated in new poetry collection

February 15, 2017

David MoodyA new poetry collection written by a Murdoch University academic reveals the treasures to be found in everyday lives, in both quiet moments alone and in encounters with other people.

Ordinary Euphoria is the first collection of poetry by Dr David Moody from Murdoch’s School of Arts. Dr Moody is best known as a playwright, director and actor.

“Poetry is a very concentrated form of expression, which can capture that beautiful, sad or life changing moment that can be gone in an instant,” said Dr Moody.

“In this collection of poems I have been inspired by those moments where an everyday occurrence has a quality of transcendence or intensity, or a surprising beauty.

“Ordinary euphoria happens at unexpected times, when we are simply going about our everyday business, and not at all in a mood of spiritual readiness or even much vaunted mindfulness.”

The 34 poems in this collection are inspired by the continents of Australia and Africa, expressing the emotional touchstones of people at work at play and at rest.

Ordinary Euphoria: Poems by David Moody will be launched by Associate Professor of English Jennifer De Reuck at 7pm, Thursday 23 February at the Nexus Theatre.

For more information please contact Crotchet Quaver publishing .


Driving to work,

A shrub,

Blessed by light,

A sudden burning bush,


Drinking a cup of tea,

A rainbow

Rioting arrogantly,

Against a sane grey sky,


Eating tea at home,

Ben’s brilliant feast of a




Greeting safely down the hall, your


Touch, a



Up my arm.


Ordinary euphoria;


Routine’s accidental carnival of


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