Poems for Pussy Riot: In Vogue by Chella Quint

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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 tomorrow, Monday 1 October, we have been posting daily tributes to the band, in the form of some extraordinary poems and images. We will be publishing an ebook collection of the poems, CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT to coincide with the hearing, which will be available for download here. Several contributors to the project will also be reading their work as part of a peaceful poetry protest outside the Russian Consulate in London, 11- 1pm – one of many protests due to take place across the globe. Please do join us if you are able to – and bring a balaclava!

The next contribution comes from writer Chella Quint.

 

In Vogue

 

I need to get an awesome balaclava quick. 

It’s London Fashion Week and they’re totally sick.

I wish now I’d gone to Knit and Natter. 

They said my technique didn’t matter.

But I want a balaclava that’s unique in the crowd.

In a striking design In a colour that’s loud.

I want to be noticed. I want to stand out.

I want the mouth hole to show off my Benefit pout.

Cut holes my tights? That would ruin a pair

And the elastic compression would mess up my hair.

Not a knotted T-shirt – that would be too ad hoc.

This is a serious cause, guys. My look has to rock.

 

 

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

Vaginaland: Jen Campbell

We Jew women: Translated by Marek Kazmierski

Thirst: John Siddique

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 Pulteney

Fine Line: Red of the Vaginellas

The Blackbird: Adam Horowitz

The Queendom of Revolution: Sally McAlister

Russian Songs: Sascha Aurora Akhtar

Strange: Karen Press

Pussy got the… : Amy Ekins

Pussy Riot: Deborah Levy

Pussy Riot Shorts: Jeff Hilson

 

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