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Jeevika Verma – dark, darker (The Tattooed Poets Project)

Our subsequent tattooed poet is Jeevika Verma (@_jeevika), who generously shared a number of tattoos with us. 
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Picture by the use of Instagram

 Jeevika tells us:

“I wrote a poem titled ‘darkish, darker’ in Rome. It was once the summer time of 2016, and I used to be a part of an in depth one-month artistic writing program arranged by way of the College of Washington. I’d spent the month pondering deeply about what it supposed to delve deeper into the unknown, and the way the reality continuously exists in what can’t be noticed. Plus, I used to be one of the vital handiest POC in my program, and I used to be continuously conscious about how my brownness performed into my courting with my classmates, and my courting with Europe. I were given this tattoo to commemorate my remaining day in Rome.”

She additionally shared this shot from Instagram above her knee, “alluding to the bray of Sylvia Plath’s center ‘I’m, I’m, I’m’ ”:

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Picture by the use of Instagram
Jeevika additionally despatched us this photograph of her arm, which has a number of tattoos:
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Jeevika elaborates concerning the 4 tattoos noticed on her left arm above:

” ‘this,’ is the primary tattoo I were given. I were given it at a store in Mumbai when I used to be 18, and almost about to begin school. I designed it to make it glance find it irresistible’s a part of a bigger sentence, like there’s one thing extra to be mentioned ahead of and after the phrase. ‘this,’ strikes a chord in my memory to stick within the provide. Plus, I really like enjoying with the phrase ‘this’. When folks question me what my favourite tattoo is, I level to it, and say ‘this.’

Surrounded by way of ‘this,’ are the entire the issues that assist me take into accout who I’m. A complete moon regulations my zodiac signal, in Most cancers. A prickly pear is my soul-plant. Two palms open like wings, in combination, however every a separate entity.”

She credited Randi Ftizpatrick (@probmchild) at Osprey Tattoo (@ospreytattoo) in Seattle with the palms, MKNZ (@ruffenough) from Valentine’s Tattoo (@valentinestattoo) in Seattle with the cactus, and Gia (@giactattoo) at Fatty’s Tattoos (@fattystattoosandpiercings) in Washington, DC, with the moon tattoo.

Jeevika shared the next poem, “darkish, darker,” alluded to within the first tattoo above. It was once first printed in Cleaver Mag on March 22, 2017:

darkish, darker

once I frown
into this reflect
a intensity takes
my brow

inside of there’s a little white guy

sitting directly
operating onerous
flipping via
pages used unused

those are data
of me combating gravity
like that one time
I didn’t kneel ahead of
him

must I discover a ground that won’t mirror
how my enamel have shattered towards it for hundreds of years
like that one time

must I lay a drape over my upright head
the white in my eye has grown very yellow anyway

however the shadow of the obelisk is bent this manner

I may just grasp that neck
twist it so
the entire white drips
out
folds
into my lap
and collects
just like the sweat
on my naked brown again

clear of the reflect

there is not any white right here

I do know
~ ~ ~

Jeevika says we “too can to find poet Nikesh Murali’s stunning studying of [the] poem right here.”

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Jeevika Verma is a poet from India with a keenness for radical honesty. She graduated from the College of Washington in December 2016 with a B.A. in Ingenious Writing. Ahead of school, she lived in Cameroon (Yaoundé), which is the place she based her personal creative-literary magazine Ingenious Chaos. Her paintings has been featured in NPR, Kajal Mag, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Cleaver Mag, Susie Mag, and extra. She additionally curated and edited the “Loving” Anthology, in addition to 5 quick zines, titled Turns, Cuts, Grate, Lengthy Distance Newsletters, and Scale(s). In finding Jeevika’s entire portfolio at jeevikav.com.

Due to Jeevika Verma for her contribution to the Tattooed Poets Mission on Desymbol!

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