Matt Amott’s Locomotive (The Tattooed Poets Project)

Our subsequent tattooed poet is Matt Amott, who despatched us this superb tattoo:

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Picture by means of Megan Bean
Matt tells us:

The educate is the picture of Locomotive #five of the Nevada County Slender Gauge Railroad. This used to be a railroad that ran between Nevada Town, Grass Valley and Colfax California from the past due 1800’s till the early years of WWII. Those towns have been mining and lumber cities within the west foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in California, about an hour east of Sacramento. I spent my youth summers there with my cousin and as an grownup I lived there for numerous years. At all times keen on trains since I used to be a child, I liked studying the historical past of the NCNGRR and I believed this tattoo could be an ideal illustration of my hobby for trains whilst paying tribute to the historical past of a spot I lived. The tattoo used to be finished by means of Cory Norris (@corynorrisart) of Vintage Tattoo, which could also be in Grass Valley, Ca.

Matt despatched us this poem, as neatly, which used to be up to now printed in THE COAST IS CLEAR (Six Toes. Swells Press):


Status at the platform
looking at the educate roll to a forestall.
The locomotive huge,
vivid, glossy, silver,
like an previous Airstream trailer
the parents would load
with their property
and drag around the nation
searching for a brighter long run.

I see it is power
in graceful strains
working up the aspect
all of the approach to the entrance.

The engineer perspectives the sector
thru home windows
comparable to squinting eyes,
drawn tight from having a look at miles
of wilderness plains and rocky grades.

I make my method down the string of vehicles
till a weathered previous guy
with a pocket watch
and a life-time of railroad tales asks,
     “Are you Chicago certain?”
     My answer, a nod.
     “Smartly son, hop on board.”

   And that’s the reason
     as easy
      because it will get
       to simply depart.

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Matt Amott is a poet, musician and photographer who rambles across the Pacific Northwest. He’s co-founder and co-editor of Six Toes. Swells Poetry Press and has been printed in a lot of collections in addition to two books of his personal, THE COAST IS CLEAR (Six Toes. Swells Press) and GET WELL SOON (Epic Rites Press). Matt’s turn-ons incorporated pre-1978 customized Dodge vehicles, OP/Lightning Bolt attire, shirts with numbers, cords, heavy fuzz, deep Blues, heart-wrenching Soul, document gamers, CB radios, postcards, Kung Fu motion pictures, Logan’s Run, patches/iron-ons and longboards. He may also be reached and purchases made at
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