Poems for Pussy Riot: Trollops’ Cathedral by Sophie Herxheimer and Alison Winch

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Last Monday, 1 October, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich – the three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot currently detained on charges of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’ – returned to court in Moscow for their appeal hearing. However, following an apparent disagreement between Samutsevich and her lawyer, the appeal against their two-year sentence has now been postponed until  Wednesday, 10 October.

To help maintain awareness of their case ahead of last Monday’s hearing, we’ve been posting daily tributes to the band, in the form of some extraordinary poems and images, on our website. These pieces and many more were published as an anthology, CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT, to coincide with the hearing. Both e-book and print on demand versions of the collection are now available, with all proceeds going to Pussy Riot’s legal fund and our Writers at Risk programme.

In the run up to tomorrow’s hearing, we are continuing to post more poems and their Russian translations in order to keep their case in the public eye. Please help us by downloading, reading, sharing, tweeting, translating and remixing the amazing work produced by our Poets for Pussy Riot. 

The following contribution comes from Sophie Herxheimer and Alison Winch.

 

Trollops’ Cathedral

 

Trolleying coffee and profiteroles

pontificating from our indignant holes.

 

Dolls, we stroll up and down

these pointless aisles, all smiles.

 

Penned in by the penis

mightier than the sword?

 

Do you need a bag for that?

No, we’ll put it in our vaginas.

 

 

Собор Шлюх

Софи Херксхеймер и Алисон Уинч

 

Развозим на тележках кофе и профитроли

проповедуем из наших возмущенных отверстий.

 

Куклы, мы прогуливаемся вверх и вниз

по этим бессмысленным проходам, все в улыбках.

 

Запертые половым членом

сильнее меча?

 

Вам нужен пакет?

Нет, мы положим все это в наши вагины.

 

 

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