by Christopher Barnes 

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” 1

“Thirkell confided she’d bargained, hobbled away,
Fingers crushing that suitcase,
Something taut in her eyes.”

“Guess she’s on the plane,
An age-encrusted face glimmering in a window.”

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” 2

“When the posse interrogate, I’ll have to riposte.
Rowlie’s eyes were trout-wide.
Been slot-machining, didn’t leak.
We’ll make the ghost town edition.
You fall out to Hicksville.”

“Got a whisper I’m shying off.
With fresh minutiae he could breathe life.”

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” 3

“Beth has a stark-mad warp –
Might-a-gored him anyway.
Kitten heels and blighting scrutiny.
Airless confidants once.”

“Retrace that freeloading…you at the wheel –
Pearls hustling on Cadillac seats.”

“Putting You  Through Now, Caller.” 4

“You always this gruff?
Muzzling your jaw smooths our racket.
Could’ve pocketed Betterbridge, worth the undertaking.
He was roundly pinpointed.
Whine baby, avanti.”

“There’s no getaway hatch
That doesn’t swing onto a precipice.”

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” 5

“This wipe out has its Laurel & Hardy ingredient.
You had it jaggy
Radiating yourself in vending machine glam.
An x marks the colour print.
Everything’s thimblerigged, faithworthy.”

“Skewing reminiscences aren’t discretion,
Costa del Sol waits,
A golden bubble.”

About the Author:

Some bio details…
In 1998 I won a Northern Arts writers award.  In July 200 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 partook 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.shtmland 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  On September 4 2010, I read at the Callander Poetry Weekend hosted by Poetry Scotland.  I have also written Art Criticism for Peel and Combustus Magazines.  I was involved in The Creative Engagement In Research Programme Research Constellation exhibitions of writing and photography which showed in London (march 13 2012) and Edinburgh (July 4 2013) see
http://www.researchconstellation.co.uk/ .  I co-edit the poetry magazine Interpoetry http://www.interpoetry.com/