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New poems by Christopher Barnes



Longitude, Latitude. Endwise.


To inhale a split-second

Releases this always nearing,

Love-urging sunset,

Spotted on half a spume.

Tinges disbanding from glints

Overthrow tides.

You too can empty yourself in it.



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“Dirty Pebbles”


Detritus –

Bludgeoned, sunk from earth’s skin.

Grinding kits express it shatter-proof

But dazzlement’s flown.

De Beers grumble at lost sheen.

Diamantaries wink for light-grasp, glitz.

Crystal scaffolding no longer sparks.



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Ferreted out of bin-spill

A diagnostic x-ray,

Face down in perished cabbage,

Risky slop – Heinz beans.


Electro-magnetic radiation

Spirit-raised this after-image.


Light-touch truths as positional structures.

Bones, cartilages,

Gossamer in a thoracic cave.


A sweetener dangles

For its pigeon chested heirship –

Distinguished hiatus hernia,

In the sepia of ages.



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Transuranium elements,

Firm-set atomic figurings, temperamental

As particle accelerators.

I boodle plutonium,

A drop-in-the-bucket offset

To be thimblerigged

Coursing for a boom.



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The Unexpected Find


A backswept alley eye-opener –

Roll up roll up to this pleasure-round attraction.

They tout tuck, ding-dong fights, wild oats music –

Customer-snatching freak shows

In diamond-studded light.

Uncork a grumbling metropolitan purlieu –

Spanner-built thrills,

Ping-clink coin-heavy arcades.

Twist-a-whirl, shoot-the-chutes

And all your awe will be gravity-flung.



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