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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Epsom, king’s ransom dash,
A fashioned horse-shoe on the plane
Dances attendance to its kick-off.
Amy Winehouse, Rehab Day’s jockey,
Has unclomped tension.
Two gallops in the ruck
Blast-stun hooves disorientate turf.
She outscoots Lester Piggott,
Winning by a beehive.

               -Christopher Barnes

 

 

 

 

The Evidence Net

 

 

Arthur Conan Doyle refined an eardrum
To nuclear hissing.  A skimming disk
Asteroiding Roswell’s desert.
The break-up was forecast
By trigger-hot plain-clothers,
Hunkered under static.
Junk-drop: foil, rubber, timber,
Quick-changes for photographs.
His give-and-take with baffled newshounds
Slipped away in a waste paper basket.

                              -Christopher Barnes