Clatter Wheels At Midnight
 
                     Mr. Grass,
        Who once went out
Traces walls with moonstruck brush
     Lest he lose himself in blank
   New spaces, or drowns
Succumbing rudderless
In mild-silver wilderness.
 
Dulux’s ‘Green Pillows’ shades-of-evening,
         A disco lamp in the corner.
 
               A skate to the biscuit tin
       Has become
      A funfair speedway caterpillar,
                  A trail of smears
             (Just like that special day).
 
 He turns up the old tunes
 
          Where boys meet girls
 
                             Rattling through
 
A tricked-out tunnel of love.
 
      Now the porch seems to him
    A larva-ribbed trough,
China to Peru when apoplectic.
 
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Cubs
 
Beaverbrook’s punk
And the OPEC doorman
Plank a stunt,
A putsch in suite 71 ,
The Easylife Leisure Hotel.
 
In mean-time
Pranks dispense resolve.
Unsparked by The Board’s
Lion share loving cup budget
They hunt perils
Through crippled dreams.
 
Reading of The Angry Brigade
The pluck ideas:-
Wouldn’t Seething Lane
Be more sumptuous
With a stun of gasolined sapphires?
 
Boom!
          Boom!
                    Boom!
 
 
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Captain Dandy’s Boutique
 
A bargain hunter v-signs
endwise to the battery of dummies
all kitted out in designer mufti.
 
 
© Christopher Barnes, UK   

Some bio details...

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

 

On Saturday 16th August 2003 I read at the Edinburgh Festival as a Per Verse poet at LGBT Centre, Broughton St.

 

I also have a BBC web-page  www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/gay.2004/05/section_28.shtml and http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/videonation/stories/gay_history.shtml (if first site does not work click on SECTION 28 on second site.

 

Christmas 2001 The Northern Cultural Skills Partnership sponsored me to be mentored by Andy Croft in conjunction with New Writing North.  I   made a radio programme for Web FM community radio about my writing group.  October-November 2005, I 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.  I  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 my poem The Old Heave-Ho.  I 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 I read my 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.  I was  involved in the Five Arts Cities poetry postcard event which exhibited  at The Seven Stories children's literature building.  In May I had 2006 a solo art/poetry exhibition at The People's Theatre why not take a look at their website http://ptag.org.uk/whats_on/gallery/recent_exhbitions.htm

 

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

 

REVIEWS: I have written poetry reviews for Poetry Scotland and Jacket Magazine and in August 2007 I 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