The Word Made Flesh
hector the collector

hector the collector

Three people caught in triangle by desperation. Don’t resolve it geographically, so it is crystallized and they have to go on indefinitely living that way.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack Up, “Ideas” (via chupacupcake)
"Spelling" - Margaret Atwood
My daughter plays on the floorwith plastic letters,red, blue & hard yellow,learning how to spell,spelling,how to make spells.I wonder how many womendenied themselves daughters,closed themselves in rooms,drew the curtainsso they could mainline words.A child is not a poem,a poem is not a child.there is no either/or.However.I return to the storyof the woman caught in the war& in labour, her thighs tiedtogether by the enemyso she could not give birth.Ancestress: the burning witch,her mouth covered by leatherto strangle words.A word after a wordafter a word is power.At the point where language falls awayfrom the hot bones, at the pointwhere the rock breaks open and darknessflows out of it like blood, atthe melting point of granitewhen the bones knowthey are hollow & the wordsplits & doubles & speaksthe truth & the bodyitself becomes a mouth.This is a metaphor.How do you learn to spell?Blood, sky & the sun,your own name first,your first naming, your first name,your first word. 

"Spelling" - Margaret Atwood

My daughter plays on the floor
with plastic letters,
red, blue & hard yellow,
learning how to spell,
spelling,
how to make spells.

I wonder how many women
denied themselves daughters,
closed themselves in rooms,
drew the curtains
so they could mainline words.

A child is not a poem,
a poem is not a child.
there is no either/or.
However.

I return to the story
of the woman caught in the war
& in labour, her thighs tied
together by the enemy
so she could not give birth.

Ancestress: the burning witch,
her mouth covered by leather
to strangle words.

A word after a word
after a word is power.

At the point where language falls away
from the hot bones, at the point
where the rock breaks open and darkness
flows out of it like blood, at
the melting point of granite
when the bones know
they are hollow & the word
splits & doubles & speaks
the truth & the body
itself becomes a mouth.

This is a metaphor.

How do you learn to spell?
Blood, sky & the sun,
your own name first,
your first naming, your first name,
your first word. 

From Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, taken shortly after my tattoo was finished.

From Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, taken shortly after my tattoo was finished.

“Memories are killing. So you must not think of certain things, of those that are dear to you, or rather you must think of them, for if you don’t there is the danger of finding them, in your mind, little by little.”

-Samuel Beckett

"But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.
Between my finger and my thumbThe squat pen rests.I’ll dig with it.”- Seamus Heaney, “Digging”
It represents my love for writing and the distance from my dad’s side of the family.

"But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.”
- Seamus Heaney, “Digging”

It represents my love for writing and the distance from my dad’s side of the family.

'Infinite Love' - My 4th tattoo..Feb2012

'Infinite Love' - My 4th tattoo..Feb2012

“If love played an instrument, I’ll bet it would be the piano. 88 keys, double infinity, and the ability to chop down trees with a sharpened mustache. 
” - Jarod Kintz in This Book Has No Title

“If love played an instrument, I’ll bet it would be the piano. 88 keys, double infinity, and the ability to chop down trees with a sharpened mustache. 
” - Jarod Kintz in This Book Has No Title

Most people have expended so much effort and time in the denial of their predatory nature that they cannot easily recognize it in others.
Dean Koontz, Intensity (via cookiebby)
Eva Talmadge will be talking about literary tattoos — and The Word Made Flesh — on NPR this Sunday, 10/14. Here’s a link to the show online, and here’s a link to find your local station. Yeah!

Eva Talmadge will be talking about literary tattoos — and The Word Made Flesh — on NPR this Sunday, 10/14. Here’s a link to the show online, and here’s a link to find your local station. Yeah!

“Drinking, needing to drink—that was just some sort of distraction, like everything else, from the thing that was waiting, no matter what, all the time.”

-Alice Munro