Backyard Braille: Poet Indigo Moor

Hummingbird’s Clothing

I am all wing and hollowed bone
strung together with frayed nerves.
No, I am not darting aimlessly—
my job, thankless, is to connect
your backyard’s invisible braille,
while tilting, drunk on scarlet nectar.

Lean close to hear my buzzing
revelation: I am an Anger God!
Praying for a brawl, a brother
to fly too close and reveal me:
King of the low-hung sky! Each
wingbeat jackhammers the day
into submission as the sweet breath
detonates on my savage tongue!

—Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor is a multi-genre, award-winning writer and teacher who lives in the Sacramento area. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter’s Window, won the Northwestern University Press’s Cave Canem prize. His first book ,Tap-Root, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Poetry Series.

His stageplay, “Live! at the Excelsior,” was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award. Indigo is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program—where he studied poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting—and a graduate member of the Artist’s Residency Institute for Teaching Artists. A musician and photographer, Indigo’s collaborations include the Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Festival, the Livermore Ekphrastic Project, and the Davis Jazz Arts Festival.

Published by Kate Campbell

Writer, editor, photographer, novelist, short story writer, poet.

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