Poems for Pussy Riot: Free Pussy by Sophie Robinson

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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.

In the weeks leading up to their appeal hearing on 1 October, we are posting daily tributes to the band, in the form of some extraordinary poems and images. An ebook collection of the poems, ‘Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot’, edited by Mark Burnhope, Sarah Crewe and Sophie Mayer, will be published on 1 October to coincide with the appeal hearing. Several contributors to the project will also be reading their work as part of a peaceful protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, 11- 1pm – one of many protests due to take place across the globe.

The following contribution comes from poet and performer Sophie Robinson.

 

free pussy

 

I’ve got the vagina your mother told you about
& it’s coming for you so watch out –
 
couplet vagina, hairy scruff, parkland
butchery waiting for your tender hand
 
descending.  Happy vaginas on TV
open and close like poetry.
 
Sad vaginas on the streets stripped
of their rights, tight-lipped
 
& talkless in alleys always
Awake & waiting, outer hallways
 
of a world full of those who know
it could be better & isn’t.  Sad disco
 
where we can dance off our hurts
free pussy / lock hips / solidarity / stay alert.

 

 

Other Poems for Pussy Riot posts

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

Vaginaland: Jen Campbell

We Jew women: Translated by Marek Kazmierski

Elegy in Red: Chris Emslie

Theatre: Fathieh Saudi

Three Sisters: Tim Dooley

Some Protest Stones: Sarah Hesketh

Please welcome to the stage: Alex MacDonald

Because The Poets Know: Tony Walsh

Pussy Riot Rap: Ana Pultenay

Manifesto #1: Richard Barrett

Pair Bond: Barbara Smith

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