Author Archives: Bartholomew Barker

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker was born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough, North Carolina where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.

America Lost

Like a chicken with its head cut off, we keep running around like it matters. It’s time to lie down, close the casket, try not to pinch our fingers. Regardless of which corporations made the axe or which politicians wielded … Continue reading

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Common Sense

This morning’s Living Poetry Monday Poetry Prompt was to write a “common sense” poem. Here’s what I produced. Common Sense We assume rational actors take the political stage after a thorough vetting by the American media and our registered voters … Continue reading

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VR Skeeball

VR Skeeball The ball feels real, the heft in my hand, minor imperfections in the texture beneath my fingertips. The clinks and clanks of the machinery sound authentic. These hi-def graphics are phenomenal. I can even see waves in the … Continue reading

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Who needs a driver?

A couple of weeks ago, Living Poetry, represented by myself, Tara Lynne Groth and Anna Weaver, attended another Science Cafe at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. This one was all about the artificial intelligence needed for self-driving cars. They … Continue reading

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Television

This morning’s Living Poetry Prompt was “television”. Here’s what I wrote. Boob Tube Why do they call it the boob tube? Besides the obvious rhyming pair there aren’t any naked boobs at all. There’s plenty of jiggle in bikinis or … Continue reading

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Silent Screams

Look at what arrived in the mail recently, my author’s copy of Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction & Recovery. I am honored that University Professors Press editors Nathaniel Granger, Jr. and Louis Hoffman chose to include my poem Milkshakes … Continue reading

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Analytical Poem

I’ve been writing the Monday Poetry Prompts for Living Poetry for a couple of months. The prompt from this morning was randomly derived by dice and a thesaurus. That’s how I came to write an “analytical” poem. I’d been challenged … Continue reading

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NCPS Featured Reading

This Sunday afternoon at 2pm I’ll be one of the featured readers at the NC Poetry Society Reading Series at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village, just south of Chapel Hill. I’ll be reading from my latest collection, Milkshakes and Chilidogs, … Continue reading

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Kokopelli

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine published one my poems today. Check it out! This is a site that everyone should subscribe to and all my poetie friends should submit to. Kokopelli is third poem I’ve placed there and I always … Continue reading

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Wine and Chocolate

Last night was the launch party for my latest poetry collection, Milkshakes and Chilidogs, and rather than me reading from my book, I asked my friends to read their favorite poems from my book. I was worried that it would … Continue reading

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