Poetry / Stuart Barnes

Reflections

even sunstruck the ribs rise
from Bennelong Point like Arthur C.
Clarke’s black slab

I storm the frets, stopping
only to whirl when your aperture’s
cocked at my spine

this hair’s a tornado
of sand ridiculous, you needle,
a blond gothic

no licks of laughter
(Father, Son, Ghost shedding Prozac)
my Scorpio sting: fuck off, Madame Acronym

§

the ticket snakes
on knotted
wood shoved between twin beds

once
we had no need
for such arpeggiated space

dulled, you insult
in my headphones: ‘Other
Voices’, ‘A Reflection’, ‘Grinding Halt’

Fender grey,
a sea gull pummels crossbows
on the pane

§

three four five
raven finished
casts embark Dry Ice

I’m more cleft
(no line break)
than that acoustic-electric
presented by my Daddy

in stunting aisles minors gravedigger-
dance and mew
the lovecatsss …

a crèche of stars
weeps plasma at the mutilated
placard of the Harbour

© Stuart Barnes

Appeared in Cordite, 2012 and Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry (USA), 2013

On May 31, 2011 The Cure played one of two ‘Reflections’ shows—its first three LPs (Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith) in their entirety, and a 14-track encore; ‘The Lovecats’ closed both performances—at the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall.

Sydney Harbour, photo by © Associate Professor Ahmad Schboul

Sydney Harbour, photo by © Associate Professor Ahmad Schboul

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8 thoughts on “Reflections

    • Hi Tokoni, I have attached a note by the poet U see the poem, explaining the inspiration behind Reflections. Here it is again:
      On May 31, 2011 The Cure played one of two ‘Reflections’ shows—its first three LPs (Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith) in their entirety, and a 14-track encore; ‘The Lovecats’ closed both performances—at the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall.

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