Poems for Pussy Riot: Pussy Riot Rap by Ana Pulteney

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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. 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 Ana Pulteney.

 

I wrote the following Rap for Pussy Riot Liberation in August and we performed it in a church in Totnes, Devon, with the vicar’s blessing!!

 

 

PUSSY RIOT RAP    

 

CHORUS   (To start  and repeat between verses)

THREE WOMIN ARE NOW MASKED BEHIND BARS,

YET DESE SISTAS ARE UNIVERSALLY OURS,

THREE WOMEN ARE NOW MASKED BEHIND BARS,

WI MEK SURE DEY GET NO MORE SCARS.

 

1

Set up de lightin fires ov Revolution,

Cos dere gonna be a lotta disillusion,

Mongst de people who ave no satisfaction,

Wiv politicians who ave set up PUTrefaction.

2

Five months dese sistas spent in  detention,

Dere grey faces show shades ov ibernation,

 So tis upta us ta repeat de intention

Of supportin dere moves ov  dissension.

3

Wimin are risin gainst regimes ov repression,

Not by fightin, killin an outright aggression.

Wi ave  more constructive ways ov expression,

Through outreach, lurve an direct action.

4

So listen up, an mek sure ya is givin attention,

Ta dese sistas, an ALL wimin taken from civilisation,

Because dis world will suffa desecration,

Wivout de voices ov wimin who need LIBERATION!!!!!!

 

 

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

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