Horizontal Vision & Poems by Christopher Barnes


Horizontal Vision
…barrows to-and-froed.
Hagglers impressed, lurking.
I corner nosegay oils,
you earmark…
 …tilt steamer
on disengaged hob
10-15 minutes.  Baste…
 …check-up.  Paramedic eurekas
-       something woefully awry –
deduces tip-off…
 …metro expired at Wallsend,
bus green-lighted
an hour to cloud-gather,
you’d never essentially…

…peachy-keen upbeat guitar 
seesawed your hips.  Taffrail clover,
 …rattle all footloose.  Chip walnuts.
Grease loaf tin…
 …ventured into Bronx Flea Market,
bisected dummy
cornered into a pin-stripe…
 …lick-and-promise miasma
Overhauled drained instincts.
Only traffic faded…

…in rag-order
knee-highs yodelled,
single-filing my alley.
No cur whined…
 …kibble, tooling rutty blade
of mincer.  Dissolve ½ oz…
 …Pegasus’ foals vamoosed,
so the knight…
 …we quick-timed hours.
An invisible…

Not Quite June
…gabby-guts rooks
air-cleared your nickname.
Evening shade diffracted urgency…
 …groundwork panade.  Turn out
as for béchamel, stargaze an hour…
 …wolfed my quill.”
“What shall I do?”
“Take advantage of a crayon…”

 …rule-breaking headaches spared,
though we blethered all…

By Christopher Barnes

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.
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.
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… 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)
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times ; You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)


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