Poem: creepy but thoughtful.

Via Julie JC Peters
on Nov 22, 2011
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I have been carving out pounds of sacred flesh, branding each one with a name and a portrait in perfect inflammation

This is a performance of a poem that’s been published in the Poetry of Yoga, an anthology including such celebyogis as Shiva Rea, Lilas Folan, Michael Stone, and Sharon Gannon. And…..me.

The poem is about a condition I have–dermatographica, which means if i trace a nail on my skin it will show up raised and bumpy. But it’s not as cool on me as it is on Ariana Page Russell, who really goes for it:


I’m impressed they chose this particular poem of mine because it’s so creepy. So you know the anthology is good.

And it’s for a good cause: One Common Unity.


About Julie JC Peters

Julie (JC) Peters has been practicing yoga on and off from the tender age of 12, and it has gotten her through everything from the horrors of teenagedom to a Master’s degree in Canadian Poetry. She is a yoga teacher, spoken word poet, and writer, and teaches workshops on yoga and writing called Creative Flow. Julie also owns East Side Yoga in Vancouver with her mom, Jane.


2 Responses to “Poem: creepy but thoughtful.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    I love creepy, but thoughtful. Thank you Julie! You rock!

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  2. Valeie Carruthers says:

    Dauntingly beautiful. The image and description with your video reminded me that I too once had dermatographica—a temporary pattern of redness and welts when anything so much as a fingernail might scrape my fair, hypersensitive skin. It lasted from childhood through my teen years. I remember my best friend in high school embossing my arm with a pen and us laughing at the results. Then in my later adolescence the condition went away as mysteriously as it had come.