Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’: 5 poems

by Christopher Barnes

Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (24)

Location shooting…
Hand-weight camera, natural lighting
For haphazard stage villain
But the self-absorbed essence in-character
Fizzles, squeaks.

A bodega with a hum-a-long
Ringsiding the piano, think – door flung wide,
Roseland Prior snaps jaws
In a rooted mirror.


Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (25)

For this scene…I’ll screen off vigour…
Grotto-altar overwhelmed with photos –
Some Goddess
In a beggarly peep-show lair.
Bend the eye to inspection…
The silkiest cloak, floating on a hook,
A downthrown shoulder,
Pill-box hat –
A highlighting of dead time.


Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (26)

The crew contrive irredeemable waste.
Sound Technicians trumpet paranoia.
Decrepit lodgings with an unblessed complexion,
Leaves on outhouse concrete…
Camera 4 rail-runs through a window,
Up once-distinguished stairs.
Montgomery Clift disorientates a finger to lip.

Generous seconds of fade out.


Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (27)

Vaporous, melancholic interior…
Decorous on edificial seat
Rosalind Prior refashions a diagonal turban.
Rocking-horse rhythms in her mock-modest speech.
She cuts the air’s throat
With a Hades-spiked fingertip.

Marcel Dean is awe-struck –
A cloak-and-dagger man
At the ash ends of legality.

Voiceover: ‘A time-serving bearing
For a misbegotten tale
Where a clubfooted brat
Drowns in a duck-bluster lake’.


Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (28)

A string-section clambers its incidents.
Fustian trails at an unshut hatch.  Cut to…
Candle-light across a jade wall –
An exponential, mischief-making Star,
Crystalline lipstick, hurled-back hair.
We’re interned
Into the transitory
Where in a low-angled shot
An Actor fluffs his lines.


In 1998 Christopher Barnes won a Northern Arts writers award.  In July 2000 he read at Waterstones bookshop to promote the anthology ‘Titles Are Bitches’.  Christmas 2001 he debuted at Newcastle ‘s famous Morden Tower doing a reading of his poems.  Each year he read for Proudwords lesbian and gay writing festival and he partakes in workshops.  2005 saw the publication of his collection LOVEBITES published by Chanticleer Press, 6/1 Jamaica Mews, Edinburgh.

On Saturday 16Th August 2003 he read at the Edinburgh Festival as a Per Verse poet at LGBT Centre, Broughton St .

He also has a BBC web-page http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/gay.2004/05/section_28.shtml and 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 him to be mentored by Andy Croft in conjunction with New Writing North.  He  made a radio programme for Web FM community radio about his writing group.  October-November 2005, he 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.  He 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 his poem The Old Heave-Ho.  He 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 he 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.  He was involved in the Five Arts Cities poetry postcard event which exhibited at The Seven Stories children’s literature building.  In May he had 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 his poem “The Holiday I Never Had”, he can be heard reading it on http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk/magazine/record.asp?id=18456

REVIEWS: He has written poetry reviews for Poetry Scotland and Jacket Magazine and in August 2007 he made a film called ‘A Blank Screen, 60 seconds, 1 shot’ for Queerbeats Festival at The Star & Shadow Cinema Newcastle, reviewing a poem…see http://www.myspace.com/queerbeatsfestival  On September 4 2010, he read at the Callander Poetry Weekend hosted by Poetry Scotland.  He has also written Art Criticism for Peel and Combustus Magazines.



photo by Angela M Campbell


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