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Money oils the wheels of consumption. / The buggers foxhole clinking silver.  Pah.

I’m wistful for what they’ve not poured out. / I could guzzle economy-class vermouth




All Ear


                    By Christopher Barnes


The Harrow School bathwasher

Enters into the spirit

Of acoustics wrapped in cisterns.


Chit-chat is babble

At hand in a prune can

On the kinkless end

Of a passage of string.


Ear-witness to pleadings

Of a Tommy gunned boy

Shot for emptying a bath,

Heard his gasps,

An invisible choir.


A bump so deadening

It flushed him

With the hollowness of life.

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Also Ran


               By Christopher Barnes


No more for me this Purebred zeal.

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An Ignoble Liberty


                  By Christopher Barnes


“The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable.”


Insidious red hair flames the Shire,

His charger’s bolted on heels to collapse.

Stitch-plagued sapiens on foot from his sting

Dash giddy faces, throat-cut red.


Gad-zooks!  It’s a fur-leap quickening pulse

When the fox swoops a horsewhip,

Christens himself Master, collar-slips hounds

From the bloodthirstiness of sink-money wage slaves

And gads-about the dock leaves

Wild-geese chasing lordships and ragtails alike.

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Antiseptic For A Foot-Stomped Ego


                                 By Christopher Barnes


Infirm afternoon.

I’m a red-lead peahen from Apia,

Or a chained marionette.

This is a dark-leap mood.

You pass me a sprig of witch-hazel,


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(after People Hide Their Love by Wu-Ti)


                              By Christopher Barnes


Dogmatic in a Tsetung cap (Oxfam’s gift)

I think of sterling.  Purchase me an entertainment.

The spoiled are visible from this window;

Money oils the wheels of consumption.

The buggers foxhole clinking silver.  Pah.

I’m wistful for what they’ve not poured out.

I could guzzle economy-class vermouth

‘To us’ on this chopsuey-perfumed sunset.

In China moneybags are buying gongs


To clink absent interminable hours

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As Harry Puts The Bomb Under The Audi…


                                 By Christopher Barnes


A streak of school uniform cross-crosses the driveway

And morning on the boy’s lack-lustre hair

Nudges blameless.

From the Spooks poems by Christopher Barnes, UK

Christopher Barnes in 1998 Christopher won a Northern Arts writers award.  In July 200 he read at Waterstones bookshop to promote the anthology 'Titles Are Bitches'.  Christmas 2001 saw his debut at Newcastle's famous Morden Tower doing a reading of my poems.  Each year he reads for Proudwords lesbian and gay writing festival and I partake in workshops.  2005 saw the publication of his collection LOVEBITES published by Chanticleer Press, 6/1 Jamaica Mews, Edinburgh.In May he had 2006 a solo art/poetry exhibition at The People's Theatr: their website Ptag

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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