Friday, January 20, 2012

Literary Tattoos

I have spent a bit of time on contrariwise.org looking at literary tattoos and coming up with what line or poem or quote from the literary vaults I would put on my body and where.


Bukowki's 'Bluebird' is perhaps my favorite poem of all time (or at least for this month) but I have found it near to impossible to pick just one or two lines from it. If you happen to know the poem or get the chance to clicky on the link, give me your favorite line or two and let me mull it over.

This guy picked one of my less favorite poems by Bukowski 'my doom smiles at me'...and an obscure line from it as well: But hey, to each their own. I do like the type font though.

Here's another Bukowski tattoo:

Which is an excerpt from Love is a Dog from Hell.

I don't like this actual tattoo but I love the poem:



i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
-e.e. cummings


One of my favorite quotes is from Henry James, who is also my favorite author. -I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.


And of course Hemingway has "There is not friend as loyal as a book."


Just because it's boring me to list these ideas I have I'll wind up with two quotes from Barrie's Peter Pan which has a very special place in my heart.
“Oh, the cleverness of me!” -Peter Pan

Peter: Forget them, Wendy. Forget them all. Come with me where you’ll never, never have to worry about grown up things again.

Wendy: Never is an awfully long time.

3 comments:

Logical Libby said...

I love "Love is a Dog from Hell." Can't help myself. The title alone makes my heart sing.

Erwin "ERS" said...

i would also like to have a tattoo and a literary tattoo is a good idea. I was thinking of just simply putting my initials on my skin but I came across your blog and realized that it would be more awesome to use literary tattoo instead : )

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Beautiful. I hate that I judge a person by the books that they have read.