Christopher Barnes: “What the Street Remembers (3)”

What the Street Remembers (3)

Daddy why there?
Been at work
You little sod
I haven’t 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

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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. 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.

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