What The Street Remembers (1)

 

Bullll

Moooooom

Chitter-chitter-chitter-chitter

Are you big?

     *

Lucian Freud flaps his waistcoat.

     *

Brooom

Shrr tra-cloop-cloop tra-cloop-cloop

Eep-eep-eep-eep-eep

IÕm sorry to

Is it?

     *

Francis Bacon scuttles cellarwards.

     *

Enleider mein

WhereÕs the one that you say?

Clip-tip clip-tip

 

 

What The Street Remembers (2)

 

Tuloop weeow tuloop

Grrd-grrd-grrd

Blup-blup billlp

Everything relies on

     *

Kurt Weil hosts that unsniggerable chin.

     *

Oooh oo-oo

Ching ching pling

In my sorrow

Wwh wwh

     *

Bertolt Brecht casts-off

Hoecake to sparrows.

     *

What they teach us about love

You want more

Dirty Ashleigh!

A-ha ha

 

 

 

What The Street Remembers (3)

 

Daddy why there?

Been at work

You little sod

I havenÕt got change

Chack! Chack!

     *

Isaiah Berlin jiggles a greenfly

Off his lapel.

     *

Cteck-cteck-cteck-cteck

A party

Yi knaa what it is

Oooom la la la la

     *

Bertrand Russell agrees terms

With the squall.

     *

He's denied

Peaches only a pound

Dong dong dong dong

 

 

 

What The Street Remembers (4)

 

Doo-be ding-be doo-be

Bllling bllling tch bllling

All around the

     *

Marvin GayeÕs leisurely at Debenhams

     *

I hear

My god hhic hhic

Brrr hrrr hrrr

Titter-titter gggrrru

Chaaak!

When he thinks of nothing

     *

Tammy Terrell startles lipstick.

     *

Shy...itÕs the bizzies man

Poooooh ba-cla poooooh ba-cla

It's the tops for clothes

 

 

 

What The Street Remembers (5)

 

I can see a

Why donÕt you just

Baby I wake up

Sla-chink sla-chink

     *

Kier Hardy thumbs a letter

In a highly-wrought doorway.

     *

Pray across your dreams

Of course

Zzzl boooooom

Give me that

     *

Sylvia Pankhurst flares the modish umbrella.

     *

Do-do-do-cling

Ch-ch-ch-ch

Barrump

Sh-woo sh-woo sh-woo

 

© Christopher Barnes

Bio:  In 1998 Christopher Barnes won a Northern Arts writers award.  In July 2000 he read at Waterstones bookshop to promote the anthology 'Titles Are Bitches'.  Christmas 2001 he debuted at Newcastle's famous Morden Tower doing a reading of poems.  Each year he read for Proudwords lesbian and gay writing festival and partook in workshops.  2005 saw the publication of his collection LOVEBITES published by Chanticleer Press, 6/1 Jamaica Mews, Edinburgh.

 

 On Saturday 16Th August 2003 he read at the Edinburgh Festival as a Per Verse.

 

Christmas 2001 The Northern Cultural Skills Partnership sponsored him to be mentored by Andy Croft in conjunction with New Writing North.  He made a radio programme for Web FM community radio about his writing group.  October-November 2005, he entered a poem/visual image into the art exhibition The Art Cafe Project, his piece Post-Mark was shown in Betty's Newcastle.  This event was sponsored by Pride On The Tyne.  He made a digital film with artists Kate Sweeney and Julie Ballands at a film making workshop called Out Of The Picture which was shown at the festival party for Proudwords, it contains his poem The Old Heave-Ho.  He worked on a collaborative art and literature project called How Gay Are Your Genes, facilitated by Lisa Mathews (poet) which exhibited at The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, including a film piece by the artist Predrag Pajdic in which he read his poem On Brenkley St.  The event was funded by The Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute, Bio-science Centre at Newcastle's Centre for Life.  He was involved in the Five Arts Cities poetry postcard event which exhibited at The Seven Stories children's literature building.  In May he had 2006 a solo art/poetry exhibition at The People's Theatre.

 

The South Bank Centre in London recorded his poem "The Holiday I Never Had"; he can be heard reading it on www.poetrymagazines.org.uk/magazine/record.asp?id=18456

In August 2007 he made a film called 'A Blank Screen, 60 seconds, 1 shot' for Queerbeats Festival at The Star & Shadow Cinema Newcastle, reviewing a poem...see www.myspace.com/queerbeatsfestival   He has also written Art Criticism for Peel and Combustus Magazines.