home> poets> Bruce Barnes

about Bruce Barnes       more poems           Members’ Events Listing       Shop Online

last update:

12th Feb 14

Bruce Barnes photo e-mail Bruce

and in the shop…
collections –
“the lovelife of the absent-minded”,
Phoenix Press;
“Somewhere Else”,
Utistugu Press;



             YouTube: Bruce Barnes reading    My Best Advice
             at the New Beehive Inn, Wesgate, Bradford


Questions worth answering.

How does a question mark get that close to
a coat hanger when jackets prefer potatoes;
why does a question mark have a crook in it,
when we were only looking for a straight answer;
what is the question mark’s ear listening to,
and is it something that we should know;
who kept the question mark to the end of its sentence,…
and what ever happened to ‘good behaviour’;
(¿ why not give us all a break and ask in Spanish?);
who was ‘Nosey Parker’ and how well does he translate;
how come the question mark is able to fill in
questionnaires ( tick ◻? if this doesn’t apply to you);
why does the question mark end in a full stop,
when we keep on ? asking ?

Bruce Barnes

published in Penine Platform, 66, 2009