Poems for Pussy Riot: Skylined by Gareth Evans

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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 poet Gareth Evans.

 

Skylined

 

risen angels of your own
                                       unfettered
nature
the church inside
you
rings its own
                    believing
 
 
orthodoxy of the human need
the deeper bell
the brighter gleam the
 
free
 
puttin’ you down does nothing
less
than
roar the riot
                                                            wider
it is its own un/
                      masking
you
your countless
 
trinity
 
listen…
kitten?
who’s the lion now…

 

 

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

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