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Festival Frieze

October 30, 2014

Facade of Casa Batlo, Barcelona
Festival Frieze is a poem with a gothic feel inspired by a trip to Barcelona about 18 months ago.

We scream the silent screams
of sirens studded to the façade
of the Batllo mausoleum,
rack upon rack of pelvic
carnival masks suspended
in frozen animation.

When the master’s name fades
we’ll explode as one
from the sculpted frieze,
swoop down the Passeig de Gracia,
haunt the alleys and arcades
of the Barri Gotic,
fuse with the seasonal stream
of brides and grooms to be.

This poem is part of the ‘Masquerade’ collection published on Halloween 2013 and available as a free download from

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