Today's tattooed poet is Sarah Nichols, who shared this cobra-peacock mashup:
Sarah tells us:
"This is my first tattoo. I had it done in February, 2017, right before my 43 rdSarah also shared the following poem, which is from her chapbook of Sylvia Plath/C.D. Wright centos, She May Be a Saint, which was published in 2016.
birthday; I had wanted one for a long time, but it always seemed like the time or the money wasn’t right. It was done at Witchhouse Tattoo (@witchhousetattoo) in Hartford, Connecticut, by Courtney (@czar_baebatron) , the shop’s owner. The tattoo is a cobra with a peacock’s head, and it is after the work of artist James Prosek (@jamesprosek), specifically a drawing entitled The Peacock and The Cobra. For me, both animals are elegant and fierce; as a hybrid creature, it is beautiful and strange, and that comes across in the tattoo."
In my flammable skin,
I grow shadows.
A box of poison
too pure for longings.
My new instrument.
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[Sources: C.D. Wright: “Girl Friend,” “Autographs,” “Because Fulfilment Awaits,” and “And it Came to Pass.” Sylvia Plath: “Ariel,” “Death and Co.,” and “Fever 103.”]
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Thanks to Sarah for sharing her cool tattoo and lovely poem with us here on Tattoosday's Tattooed Poets Project!
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