Poems for Pussy Riot: Cat Power by Amy Key

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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 Amy Key, a poet, editor and events organiser. Amy blogs at Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat

I wanted to get involved in this project to show my admiration for Maria, Ekaterina and Nadhezhda’s courage and conviction and to send a signal from the poetry community that we united with them and will fight for their freedom.

 

Cat Power

 

everybody come together                                           free
everybody get together                                              free
it’s not okay if you can stand to let her dance
it’s okay it’s your right, come on and take a chance
true Romance, when you dance                                   free
don’t be in love with the autograph.
just be in love when you scream that song on and on    free
 
everybody come together                                            free
everybody get together
 
free you can feel          her from the palm that you’re holding
on your arm    cool hands from the get-go can your feast on
the real one                                                               don’t
be in love with the autograph just be                          in love
when you love that song on and on                               free
 
 
it’s okay if you can stand to let him dance
it’s okay; it’s your right              come on and take a chance.
true romance, when you dance                                      free
everybody come together                                              free
 
don’t fall in love with the autograph                          just fall
in love when you sing your song on the?
take a chance                     true romance, when you dance
             free      free      free      free      free      free

 

 

Other 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

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