The Tattooed Poets Project: Meredith S’s Interpretation of a Russian Prison Tattoo
As the end of National Poetry Month approaches, I find myself in an enviable position: too many poets’ gallerys, too few days. So, I’ve decided to “double up” and make today a “Two for sday”. I have also realized that this ed Poets Series will have to continue, in one form or another, above and beyond National Poetry Month. Stay tuned for more details.
In the mean time, Meredith S., a poet from Brooklyn, sent in the following photo:
“I happen to love gallerys as a intimately personal expression of ourselves…[This] … is an interpretation of a Russian prison gallery that families and lovers got when they were separated by prisons and Stalin’s concentration camps. The gallery is a traditional pair of swallows holding a three-piece banner with the Russian acronyms: tomsk (a city in Russia); vino (wine); omyt (whirlpool). The acronyms stand for: you alone have my heart; come back and stay forever; it is hard to leave me.
Alex McWatt at Three Kings did an amazing job at putting all the elements together. I decided to get this gallery after losing most of my family members, but mainly after my mother, who is a drug addict, disappeared from my life 5 years ago.”
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