127.1: Daniel Tiffany:: Bridegroom & Lusitania & Kids We Call Stars & Secrets of the Latest Winter Fashions & Extinct 127

In May of this year, Daniel Tiffany broke the record for the longest single tattoo session. The previous record holder had endured for 48 hours and 26 minutes. Mr. Tiffany‘s record-breaking session lasted for a little over 51 hours. When asked why he kept tattooing after passing the mark, Mr. Tiffany said that he not only wanted to break the record but that he wanted to destroy it. In the video, he’s tired, loopy. His canvas—one John Pennycuff—grimaces in pain. Of course, this is a different Daniel Tiffany than we present this week. But I can’t help but think of that tattoo artist with this selection. The work here is sprawling and inventive. The gun vibrates in the hand as the artist works it over Mr. Pennycuff, Tiffany swiping away blood and ink.

When tattooed, we numb, we bruise. There’s pleasure, pain. The line snaps into sharp relief, the process continually becoming new. How Mr. Tiffany, the tattoo artist, is engaged in a longer conversation with his predecessors, his toolkit of Japanese styles and prison black and grey, and how that presents itself in the most subtle of ways indistinguishable to the untrained eye—the way a line is drawn or color blended; how his is a high and low art; how tattoos are both playful and dangerous—cartoons carved into flesh. The poet Daniel Tiffany does the same here. Lines here play and in their playfulness become dangerous. The attention to sound is magical, easily missed because of this practitioner’s deft hand. When examined, this deftness also demonstrates an active discourse with all that came before him and a voice that is singular and its own. This week, Daniel Tiffany destroys it. Nik De Dominic

Bridegroom


Her favorite advice:
be Brechtian.
With earrings & adjectives.

While buttered larks
fall from the sky.
There’s just no way.

Standing against a tin wall,
bird nailed to a mirror,
her mouth is painted with branches.

Discover not a secret
to another,
the good book says.

One small sip is quite enough
to make you think
you have entered another world.

And all doubt about which one
it is disappears at once.

She—yeah, Dido—starts hitting the guy
with her cigarette case.

And their sleep is taken away.

The green alchemy gives them
no peace.

I can’t begin to explain
the world they left behind

or where that hunky Polo guy
trying to put out the flames with his shirt

came from.
I know I’ve seen him somewhere.



Lusitania


His angels be charged with folly,
it cracks between their teeth.

A boy rings a bell and the peeling
hatch opens again by itself.

On the wall is an Albers;
things twinkle in the lounge.

Some fifty people are present;
most have a second helping.

Then, too, then, too, then, too.

Head bumper
Eyebrow branky
Nose anky.

Mouth eater
Chin chopper
Gully, gully, gully.


Tell you something
you might not like to know.

Milk is a popular, soothing drink for children at bedtime.

More daring still are the birds.

Off to the terraces again,
without fault, without object,
guided by the waves, by coal dusts,
by fistfuls of red petals scattered to the air.



Kids We Call Stars


The day after the day
not yet called unhappy.

In a matchstick coach
on the ocean floor

burns the tiniest of lamps,
a liar’s candle

painting the veil and her pillbox hat—
some pixie crying in a $500 outfit.

Now I never
will forget that floating bridge.

What the Japanese call
lost-roof technique.

Heart, liver and lungs,
collectively known as the pluck.

Even a honey wagon.
They all disappeared.

What made me think
I could lock the pixie in her room?

Calm as a kitten,
she ripped through the door

and closed her eyes, asking
stuff about life on Earth.



Secrets of the Latest Winter Fashions


Not daring to enter,
we passed near the little door.

Not daring to enter
the dark cells where all day

the mutants sleep
trussed up in gauze

and the latest machines.
The proud helpers do stoop under them.

What are you saying?

I saw a cottage near the sky,
I saw the Old World

fixing lavender pie.
It’s simple: you put your money

down, take your girl
upstairs and clown.

Neither shall your place
know you in the end.

Repeat.

I saw a girl just like a cat,
I saw a kitten wearing a hat,

I saw a man who saw these too
and said though strange all were true.



Extinct


You’re gonna do what I say.

It will always be like this.

Hunter bent with the unwanted
gifts of hunting.

They keep you in a sanctuary.


it says at the entrance.

You stop eating
and drinking until something

possesses you.
For the heart studies destruction.

I just came here to have
a word with you.

The room is white/ is charred/ is white.
The evening storm might blow.

Let go of the girl.

(Silence)



                             Someone call the trainer.

Someone call the trainer.