ISSN 1556-4975

OffCourse Literary Journal

Published by Ricardo and Isabel Nirenberg since 1998


New Poems by Christopher Barnes.


Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (33)

Wide-horizoned tower.
Haemal fountain’s gargoyles
Slurping by convolvulus.
Suntrapped at velvet curtains,
Sabrina Roper squirms brainsick.
One rootless leaf in backwash.
And ad hoc recording,
A face-saving scene
For continuity.



Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (34)

Camera 3’s irresistible overdrive whirls,
Pans right to evince a suitcase.
Lick-and-promise sham of reality.
Sick-at-heart Doberman gambles
Poltroonish through a train station.
Bat tightens – splayed on a waiting room window…
Cut to…four nauseous faces
Pre-empting the brawl for lunch.



Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (35)

Anticipate Camera 6
Releasing itself
From all its characters,
Discernibly wandering
Upon a speckled floor,
It’s destined to scrutinize the overblown mirror.

The past continuous
Is restored…

Sammy limps – apparelled in an evening dress,
Leg-o-mutton sleeves –
Gore smutching lips,
Ensnared in a simple frame
Where chicanery is spared.



Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (36)

Manola Dean waddles off, screen right.
We crushingly grasp as much as she.
Sammy moves near, looming at the door.
Bone chair, reddening cushion.
One maimed bass drum.  The fluently bogus clop –
Geldings on cobbles.
Earwig headlong over lampshade.
As the credits bleed
Camera 2 loiters.



Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (37)

Hook-laced thigh boots
Gnarr of a night buzzard.
Mourning leather gloves
On a steeplechaser’s rein.
Bevan glints ruby eyes
At Rosalind Prior.

Camera 3 pans a glade – carnage.
A shoulder balances in blue light.
The lens is slobbered,
Trickling with leg-pull gore.


Christopher Barnes' work has appeared frequently in Offcourse.

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