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Poems for Pussy Riot: Vaginaland by Jen Campbell

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On 13 September, English PEN launched ‘Poems for Pussy Riot‘ in support of three members of the Russian punk band -  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich – who are currently serving a  two year prison sentence. We will be posting poems dedicated to Nadezdha, Maria and Yekaterina in the weeks leading up to their appeal hearing on 1 October.

The following contribution comes from writer and bookseller Jen Campbell.

 

Vaginaland

 

The girl stands and opens

her mouth until it is

the same size as her body.

Her eyes are purple.

She has words to fire out

from deep inside of her, and

they are blue.

They are raw.

 
She has been baked

as a blackberry pie and

now everyone wants a piece

of her.

           

The girl says she can sit

behind some half-broken

window and turn herself

inside out. They gape.

 
Purple roots like the capitals

            of countries.

She says: this is the capital of me.

 

 

 

 

Poems for Pussy Riot posts

Poems for Pussy Riot – an introduction to the project

Soutien-Gorge: Ira Lightman

Vagina: Sophie Mayer

Song: Ali Smith

Abridged and Complete Biography of Olympe de Gouge: Claire Trévien

Women of the Year: Betty Doyle

Weapons of Minor Destruction: Sandra Alland

Our Glorious Leader Putin: Jack Underwood

Cat Power: Amy Key

Avoid using the word “pussy”: Charlotte Geater

Poem with Four Vaginal Walls: Mark Burnhope

Sheela na gig (deconstructed): Sarah Crewe

Dance of the Seven Veils: Alison Croggon

Skylined: Gareth Evans

Vox Populi (A poem for voices): Steve Heighton

The Eye of the Needle: Aoife Mannix

Ne (No): Wayne Burrows

 

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