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Christopher Barnes: Everyone's Hosannas

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Ho-Hum Ruts

(after Riot Days by Maria Alyokchina, Pussy Riot)

Crimson loaded-moment button.

She wangles key.

Fist-bumped door whimpers.

Ruckusing towards minimal ventilation,

Hereafter squanders identity.

Peripheral natives

Retreat into jackstraws.

I dress for cabaret.

Putin Hosannas

(after Riot Days by Maria Alyokchina, Pussy Riot)

Timebinding doesn't firm up inside

Lacking calendars.

A transpicuous-voiced everywoman

Is shut-off.

Blizzard roils through window,

Outfalling theology's carcassed heart.

Vaudeville music stirs.


(after Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina, Pussy Riot)

Forever dwells in cell No. 210.

Sweetener – warm nightie with blossoms.

Milliseconds jostle.

Dawn exhales a coast.

I acquiesce into the obligatory.

Here’s a song and dance.

About the Author: 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.


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