The Tattooed Poets Project: Debbie Kirk

    I always like to finish up the Tattooed Poets Project on a strong note, so today's tattooed poet, the last of this year's series, is the heavily-tattooed poet Debbie Kirk.

    It also happens to be Debbie's birthday today, as we check out one of her tattoos. More specifically, let's look at the top of her left arm:

    This piece, complete with straight razor, brass knuckles and cherry bomb, bears a banner that proclaims "Bow to your elders, you Emo Fucks."

    I mean, what more can I say about that?

    In discussing which tattoo of Debbie's to use, this exchange took place:

    Tattoosday: "I hesitate to use the emo one because of the language and because I'm sure people will not understand why you would get it, but that makes me want to use it more".

    Debbie: "its a favorite with has been declared the sexiest tattoo ever..."

    Tattoosday: "I love tattoos but they are generally so benign nowadays, so it's nice to see one with a true fuck-all attitude."

    Debbie: "Yeah, that defines me what you said right there....and why I got the tattoo. I think that single tattoo is the most ME. I can be a bit honest...which is why people like my poetry."

    Where'd she get the tattoo? Debbie recalls " I just remember I got it in Venice 5 years ago from a girl who proposed to me when I told her my idea...I still tell that story. I KNEW it was good with that reaction and she was hot."
    Debbie gave us several poems to choose from, and the one we selected, she says, is very representative of her work:

    Little Frankenstein girl
    Little Frankenstein girl
    has the hands of a pianist
    And the heart of a broken organ
    With thorns, glass
    Bats and Indian ink
    Seeping thro…
    Sewn together
    Crookedly stitched
    Like a pastel valentine heart
    Filled with mismatched parts

    Little Frankenstein girl
    Has the right brain of a killer
    Her right hand is dominant
    While her left foot always faces away
    Wanting to disconnect
    To run
    To be free

    To not be part of this
    Fucked up experiment
    Dreamt up by
    A genius dressed in rags
    And chased by demons
    The kind that really scratch and bite
    When you are fast asleep

    Little Frankenstein girl
    Is not a little girl anymore
    The curls in her hair
    Dreaded up in the sun
    Medusa in the wind

    Her loud strong voice
    Muffled under the stitches
    That firmly binds her lips together
    Bondage bringing pleasure
    Only to those who wish
    To keep her silent
    (and they are many)

    The little Frankenstein girl
    Can’t count the stitches on her wrists
    From all of those nights
    With her right hand doing
    What her left foot
    Wanted to walk away from
    And her not understanding
    That she was never really alive
    In the first place

    Little Frankenstein girl
    All mixed up
    Mix matched
    Returning every evening
    With fresh wounds to be sewn
    From another vain attempt
    To be mortal for just a few seconds
    Before the fall

    Little Frankenstein girl
    Stolen parts
    Come with stolen lies
    Maggots and flies.
    The gravedigger, looking to make a buck
    Steals her a kiss
    The moistness quenches her lips
    He promises more kisses tomorrow
    She scurries home
    Knowing full well
    She’s damned to a life of stolen kisses
    And malfunctioning hearts
    that spit in the moonlight.

    ~ ~ ~
    Debbie Kirk has published 6 chapbooks and been in 12 anthologies and hundreds of print and online zines. She lives in Santa Cruz with her dog Dr. Gonzo.  She has a website she rarely updates at but she can be best located lurking around Facebook!  Also check out

    Thanks to Debbie for sharing her tattoo and poetry with us here as we close out the Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday. Also, we wish her a very happy birthday today!

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