Friday, October 30, 2015

Box Kicks By Christopher Barnes

Box Kick 6

…The wear-and-tear scraper’s apt
For retro-bolt
Or just-out embeddings…

Worker Ant No.1 knows:
Demobilization is only thorough
At the mainspring of a gun.

…The wear-and-tear scraper’s apt
For retro-bolt
Or lovebomb Tu$ ;mB&d/g6Ds

By Christopher Barnes

Box Kick 9

…Inclined with Proban flap
It buffers the contraption
From pounding sparks…

Worker Ant No.4 drains nail varnish
Onto ambushed steel.

…Inclined with Proban flap
It buffers the bloopslap
MFo7 d<2Pn_g| sS£aK2

By Christopher Barnes

Box Kick 7

…Atmosphere filtration coordinates
Externalize tip-top
Idyllic in-house production suites…

Worker Ant No.2 fuzzes grease and dust.

…Atmosphere filtration coordinates
Externalize movewhap
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By Christopher Barnes

Box Kick 8

…The air regurgitater servomotor’s enabled
By a foam-wad clamp…

Worker Ant No.3 sweats garlic
Under the duress of a filter-tip.

…The air regurgitater bunglelax’s BlaD!$e
y: (=daf+Am? cM2a/

By Christopher Barnes

Box Kick 10

…Hosing brine
Piped to forceful spouts
Is moulded against dripping
On wheelworks in troublesome quantities…

Worker Ant No.14 bores the pump.

…Hosing brine
Piped to forceful spouts
Is moulded bananaheel Ppir~d#g [N kWwe+&oH
i: mT|7ou-Sreb tiTuan%q|s

By Christopher Barnes


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 and (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 

The South Bank Centre in London recorded my poem "The Holiday I Never Had", I can be heard reading it on 

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  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 .  I co-edit the poetry magazine Interpoetry 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Octopussy" Illustration

Just yesterday I saw in the news Rockford has now been named America's 2nd worst city for Black families. Just another sad and embarrassing reality of this place I live in. A lot of times people refer to the past as the glory days for this city, but doing some research it appears we've always been rather backwards here, save for a brief period when we had one of the few Socialist mayors and city councils, and a strong union base that resulted in a solid middle class. Recently the Chamber of Commerce has made a mockery out of Rockford and our penchant for making dubious Top 10 lists such as fattest, least educated, most violent, and miserable cities in America with what seemed like a bad joke of a tourism campaign "Misery Loves Company." None of that has much to do with today's artwork at Outsider Poetry. 

One thing that certainly didn't suck in Rockford's past was The Rockford Illustrating Company

"Octopus" by Jenny Mathews

The new Rockford Illustrating Company is making wondrous and beautiful illustrations, mostly free from misery here