Poetry

What The Street Remembers, #44-#46

44

You’ve got it
Andrew wrote that
P-chow-mm
What’s on your nose?
*
Sissy Spacek kneads a wolfhound.
*
Skinny top
It’s so cheap
Lovely arms
*
Robert Redford snuffles by the river.
*
For the kids like
B-blap ch
Bungalow
Clonk bla tat
Do baloop

45

Is he outside?
Whoop it
Cnaar wah-wah
He always brings them in
*
Charles Laughton flusters
Into the telephone box.
*
The music
Little fish
Heeeeeh
Everybody was glad
*
Elsa Lanchester jiggles her scarf.
*
Don’t squeal
Aaaah ch-choo
One, two
Pl-oa-se

46

Beer bsssh aah
I had his word
Blung do-do
He’s going to take me
With a pineapple
*
Maggie Smith crumps paper.
*
I’m famished
It’s ages isn’t it?
Ooooooh o oh-oh
*
Venessa Redgrave wraps the flag.
*
Yeah it’s
Pl-tsk
Told her yesterday
Hoop ha-ha-ha

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.