Jean Paul Gaultier le Beau by Charley Barnes


Distinctively his; the hard press of torso,

not quite glass – blue – turquoise.

The panel I collapse against –

forehead landing on the smooth of this.


After, there’s an echo.

The same sense trigger in my office;

archive room; the air that surrounds

my car in the outside lot.

It lingers about the hallways

and I feel myself expand with touch

memory; damp hands; cool cotton

underwear inside which I carry him.


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Dr Charley Barnes is a lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of

Wolverhampton. Her work has been published in various journals and her full collection,

Lore: Flowers, Folklore, and Footnotes was published by Black Pear Press in February 2021. She also publishes fiction as Charlotte Barnes.