Poetry at the Post: Reading “Kind of Blue” in Oaxaca

Kind of Blue
BY LYNN POWELL

Not Delft or
delphinium, not Wedgewood
among the knickknacks, not wide-eyed chicory
evangelizing in the devil strip—

“Delph 1” by Darorcilmir – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –
Textiles of Oaxaca San Pablo Cultural Center  July 2015
Textiles of Oaxaca
San Pablo Cultural Center
July 2015

not the long-legged hunger
of a heron or the peacock’s
iridescent id—

A leucistic Indian peacock Photo courtesy of Felix Potuit
A leucistic Indian peacock
Photo courtesy of Felix Potuit