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Kathleen Peirce on the Tattooed Poets Project

Our subsequent tattooed poet is Kathleen Peirce, who despatched us the next picture of her ink:
pierce Kathleen Peirce on the Tattooed Poets Project tattoo

Kathleen tells us:

“This tattoo is the tail finish of the sleeve on my left arm. It was once carried out through Katja Ramirez (@katjaramirez), at Rock of Ages Tattoo (@rockofagestattoo) in Austin, Texas. The phoenix feathers are within the Jap custom, signaling rebirth, and the yellow vegetation are Mexican marigolds, which gentle the best way for the useless in Mexican custom.” 

The next poem, “Handihorse,” is an unpublished paintings from the manuscript for Kathleen’s sixth guide, Lion’s Paw.


Buck for buck, what did that
ever imply? A person wrote I grew up
grime deficient and hunted/fished for meals. Don’t kill
the rest you’re no longer going to consume. I shouldn’t have it in me
to kill the rest anymore. Possibly a fish every now and then.
She would put, my gorgeous very best good friend, her thumb and primary finger down
on my table in class, fourth grade, then upload her pinky and her ring, bobbing
her heart finger above the earth, making of her hand
slightly animal to amble over,
whose reduced head would contact my hand
whilst she made the sniffing sound. I’d make one in every of myself
and move to her. By no means did we expect to make
4 animals immediately. Now I see Handihorse on the market, 4 toy hooves
for fingertips and a finger pony head, to make the similar factor true
however with out attractiveness. My good friend
and her tumor are in combination perpetually now. After I move previous
my giant fish tank, I see and really feel the Betta wait. I put my finger in
and he arrives once more. Neither people
is what we’re. One thing wavers towards and we contact.

~ ~ ~

Kathleen Peirce is the creator of 5 collections of poems, maximum just lately Vault, from New Michigan Press. Her paintings has been awarded The AWP Award, The Iowa Prize, and The William Carlos Williams Award, and was once a finalist for The LA Instances E book Award. Her paintings has been supported through the Nationwide Basis for the Arts, The Giles Whiting Basis, and the John Simon Guggenheim Basis. She teaches poetry in MFA program at Texas State College.

Because of Kathleen for her contribution to the Tattooed Poets Venture on Desymbol!

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