Monday, April 22, 2019

Theresa Senato Edwards Returns to the Tattooed Poets Project

Today's tattooed poet is a long-time supporter and friend of the Tattooed Poets Project, Theresa Senato Edwards. Theresa first contributed back in 2010, launching our second installment of tattooed poets. Her contribution can be re-visited here.

She has graciously shared four of her "newest" tattoos:

She tells us her "calf tattoo has grown and finally has become what I had really wanted from the start," adding that "the others [below] all connect to each other and the calf tattoo in some way."

Theresa tells us about these two:
"The finger tattoo is extra special to me. My tattoo artist and I designed it on the spot, and I wanted it on my right index finger b/c it was always a bit painful to wear a ring on that finger b/c of an infection I got after minor surgery when I was a teen. Now I wear something simple, one-of-a-kind, beautiful, and permanent on that finger--pain free!"
She also shared this lovely piece:

Theresa is a huge fan of her tattoo artist, Kelly Torres (@kellytorrestattoos) from Black Cherry Tattoo Studio (@blackcherrytattoostudios) in Lagrangeville, New York. She raves:
"Kelly is extremely talented, empathetic, and KICK ASS. It took me years to find the right tattoo artist for me (my son Richard recommended her), and I wouldn't go to anyone else now--love her-especially that she doesn't mind if I ask to come back for touch ups! She gets it and gets me."
Theresa also sent us the following poem, originally published in Amethyst Arsenic, and is in her newest manuscript:


He had never considered just how exquisite a vein could be until he looked at dying plants, studied the fast absorption of drugs.

You remembered virtuosity in a workshop on John Cage    the beauty of repetition chance the importance of milk for the boxer in Cinderella Man.  It was something about milk then repetition or milk then cum or milk and family.  
Or milk and milk and milk and family and milk and importance and milk and chance.  And mi
There’s fear in indeterminacy, when time becomes vague / unspecified / undiscovered.  But he protects love’s limbo with science. Safe delivery systems to contain time’s hazardous gases.
He knows you want to regenerate.  Visual harmony distracts reflective linear movement / your disorder    and ghosts.
You remember absorption, water a clear slab of glass.  
~ ~ ~

Theresa Senato Edwards has published two full-length poetry books, one, with painter Lori Schreiner, which won The Tacenda Literary Award for Best Book, and two chapbooks. Her first chapbook, The Music of Hands, was recently published in a revised second print edition by Seven CirclePress. Poems from her newest manuscript titled “Wing Bones” can be found in Stirring, Gargoyle, The Nervous Breakdown, Thrush, Diode, Rogue Agent, Mom Egg Review, Menacing Hedge, and forthcoming in MOIRA. Edwards was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, received creative writing residencies from Drop Forge & Tool (2015 and 2018) and Craigardan (2019), and is Editor in Chief of The American Poetry Journal (APJ). Her website is here.

A hearty thanks to Theresa for returning to us here on the Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday!

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