Christopher Barnes – 5 poems

ZIP 16

      Ada unclutters table
                                  wedlock roses nip ringlets
    dotted swiss crimped
                                  olivesheen mules ticktack
      meticulous yardstick
                                  foundation’s huffish
lumbar-ease chair twirls
                                  moxie jolts the room
    alcove obscures work

ZIP 17

        unyielding duck cloth
                                        how-do-you-do floor manager
                    Polly’s smitten
                                        whacked is mere la-di-da
  blue jay flicks in hawthorn
                                        ingots on choker
needle clamp lodges – ready
                                        crimpers teeter – lassoed

ZIP 18

              lace on gingham
                                    keen eclipsing of a bleb
    seam ripper’s all drama
                                    amplifying smirk
                    feed dogs run
                                    primper urges on culottes
Joe’s tardy with mortgage
                                    whim-wham the model prowls
  overhears himself brood

ZIP 19

cozy flannel backslides
                                logo on camisole
      Sara dwells on tryst
                                hesitant flump into gown
pincushion absconded
                                overshot wires
  foot controller’s trusty
                                manikin torso ignored
    zigzag stitch waltzes

ZIP 20

Meg’s back from canteen
                                    wattle and flax on brow
      veers damask at angle
                                    kiss curl set
                bias tape firms
                                    hip-hop loosens
        menu screen dayglo
                                    buyer tilts specs
              frock coat builds

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.

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