Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (19)
Roma Graves, lone wolf crank,
Quakes with overset gestures,
A tragedian out of her vintage.
Warning light inherits her stretch.
Camera 2 tracks back-slipping
Through a window. The soundbox lay-out
Amplifies to a mouth-foaming zoo –
I accessorize fidelity
To a blue-pencilled script.
Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (20)
A dejected haunt,
Quadrille-step dowagers, volatile shadows,
Whispers of inexhaustible midnights.
Shots alight on a screen –
False-front unity swizzled in Editing.
Whose gaze is being projected?
Run-back in time, tiding over
With symptomatic long-suffering
For blood-spilled credits.
Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk – Deleted Scene (21)
A whimsical segment of factors
Can on-trust be paraphrased
Into a light-trick…steam
In the pipe organ,
Play-against performance styles;
Camera 2’s pitches are moored.
Foreground. Midway, backdrop.
Bette Davis is more than a match
For a Rothman.
She crams a grip-sack –
A Bedlam lip-curl,
Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (22)
In a newsreel rout, Frank Langella,
(As Ali Wrey), staggers,
Postured under flashbulbs. Delirious crowd,
Look-back of gawks.
Cut to…Roma Graves,
Skewing the boudoir.
Drawn breath off-screen.
A raise-the-alarm mutter.
We’re vantaging the script,
Hoodwinking the writer’s ego,
Cat-and-mousing Realism’s balancing act.
Filming ‘Blood Shot Silk’ – Deleted Scene (23)
In the Theatre Profane
Inescapable revelations arise,
Head-on to Camera 7…
…An easy-temper hand
Twiddling follicles, bending singed hair –
Sammy lulling Bevan.
Gum-tree stairs crewless. Pan to…
A short-spurt log fire,
Free spaced ferns in pots
And food-for-worms sprawling
Twisted on a crinkled bed.
Christopher Barnes is a gay poet from Newcastle. In 1998 he won the Northern Arts Writers Award. His collection, LOVEBITES was published in 2005 by Chanticleer Press.