Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Tattooed Poets Project: Jonathan Lohr

Our next tattooed poet is Jonathan Lohr, who shared this piece on the side of his torso:

Jonathan explains:
"This is a tattoo of what I think is a Russian movie poster for Buster Keaton's The General. It was done by the awesome Ryan Van Dyke who at the time was working at Vertigo Tattoo in Oxford, OH. I found the image when I was searching the phrase 'Buster Keaton on a bicycle,' which came from Jack Spicer's After Lorca."

Jonathan shared this poem:

Some Kind of Monster

the body is just shape
useful for accommodating the repetition
and able to cause importance
but really nothing more than dyad
and separation

betrayal by display of mechanics
reduction to corporeal functions
supply of oxygen nutrients
removal of waste
regulatory functions
hydraulic functions
immunological functions
messenger functions

cemetery is home to pure body
engraved as resting
fear of dormition, the fear of sleep
the housing and reflection
and betrayal of mechanics

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Jonathan Lohr is the author of The Certainty of Kent Johnson and Flipbook:  A Critical Study of the Adult-Contemporary Poetics of Kenneth Goldsmith.

Thanks to Jonathan for sharing his work with us here on Tattoosday's Tattooed Poets Project!

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