Be a tattoo that has had to share the body that bears it. How do you feel about the other tattoos?
We wrap up our discussion of Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos considering the tattoo’s dark side with Kafka and Tony Hoagland.
Tattoo poetry is permanent poetry—captured by the body that bears it. There’s a sense in which it is locked in time and form, much the way the painted Greek lovers were perpetually locked to the vase in “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
Poetry as diplomacy, waiting for tattoos, unsplitting infinitives and the poetry of labor. all this and more in This Week’s Top Ten Poetic Picks.
This week in our discussion of Dorothy Parker’s Elbow we consider the tattoo and identity — the way a tattoo can broadcast one’s identity, and how it might seem to have the power to create it, impose it, even take it away.
Tattoo poetry is *ink transforming*—telling a story or covering one, or giving a person something to live into that is yet untold.
Get inked with your author; give us a poem that tells the tale.
To kick off this month’s new Tattoo poetry theme, we gathered a list of the best tattoo songs we could find.
Finding the best in poetry and poetic endeavors.