Claire Askew's tattoos

Last April, Bill Cohen, author of Tattoosday, a blog dedicated to a plethera of tattoo-related info, honored National Poetry Month 2009 by featuring daily posts of tattoos on poets.

Each poet shared his or her tattoo(s) and a poem that was or wasn’t tattoo-related. 

Some of last year’s contributors to the Tattooed Poet’s Project included Joy Harjo, Kim Addonizio, Eileen Myles, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Rebecca Loudon, Mike Sikkema, and Gina Myers, to name just a few.

Well, this year Bill is looking for more poets to share their ink and words to honor National Poetry Month 2010. 

Dese'Rae Stage's tattoo

Now you know when I got his e-mail, I responded immediately.  I think his project is a great thing.  It reminds me a little of Ernesto Priego’s blog, Tattoo Poetics, which is now, unfortunately, defunked.  It’s also another place where poetry & tattoo art can be enjoyed together–something I feel very strongly about.

Anyway, Bill writes in his e-mail, “Like last year, I’m reaching out through Facebook to find tattooed poets for this year’s project. . . . If you are inked and interested, please let me know and we can start the process of creating your entry in the 2010 Tattooed Poet’s Project. If you don’t have tattoos, or you do and this is just not your cup of tea, please pass this appeal on to those poets you may know who might be interested.”

So if you’re interested or know of anyone who is, here’s his e-mail: tattoosday@gmail.com.  Or find him on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bill.cohen#/bill.cohen?v=wall.

And cheers to poetry & tattoos!!!