Rather Than Be Held Dear by Christopher Barnes

Wear BlueBurn™, be unforgettable,
Glorifying a lipsnarl.
      (Drag queen.  Monumental hair.
      Cold-blooded finger.  Black telephone.)

Ground-breaking – not rash –
Our cyanide-spot kisser-gloss
For all your high-toned belittlings.
      (Sage-constant Royal typewriter.
      Dorothy Parker grin.)

Make biting wit
A delicate life or death response.

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Christopher Barnes’ first collection LOVEBITES is published by Chanticleer. Each year he reads at Poetry Scotland’s Callender Poetry Weekend. He also writes art criticism which has been published in Peel and Combustus magazines.

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