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.

Pickled

We’re in quite a pickle, here in the good ole U. S. of A. Our body politic, once a fresh firm cucumber, has been swimming in the green vinegar of unlimited bribery until well past sour. We’re dissolving in this … Continue reading

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Rhythm of Race

Saturday afternoon three of my fellow Living Poets and I wrote poems on demand at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Rhythm of Race event. We only worked for a little over an hour but earned $41 for the museum … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe

  Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary… I have paid my respects at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe and while I would have preferred to visit at midnight after a long night drinking wine, … Continue reading

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Month End Report

The goal of National Poetry Month is survival and after participating in three poetry workshops, reading at two events, attending another reading, writing poetry on demand, writing while kayaking on the Haw River, writing while taking the Poet’s Walk and … Continue reading

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A cardinal, an owl and a raven walk into a bar…

This morning some of my fellow Living Poets and I visited Ayr Mount in Hillsborough and followed the appropriately named Poet’s Walk. Amongst the trees along the Eno River, I was thinking about today’s prompt but was also considering something … Continue reading

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Science Cafe: Critical Thinking

Tonight was the Science Cafe on Critical Thinking. It’s always a fun challenge to write a poem in “real time” and my fellow Living Poets, Tara Lynne Groth, Angie Kirby and Anna Weaver were well up for the task while … Continue reading

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Bucket List

Today was the National Poetry Month Pen & Paddle organized by my fellow living poet, Tara Lynne Groth. We spent about five hours on the water and took four writing breaks. The poem below emerged during our second when I … Continue reading

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Kokopelli

Tonight I hosted a prompt workshop where five poets and I wrote to random prompts supplied by glow-in-the-dice. We had enough time to write eight poems to the following prompts: family, intellect, Taurus or amethyst or February, Parade Amoureuse, words … Continue reading

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How to Vacation

For today’s prompt, write a travel poem. Your poem can be about the process of traveling, planning to travel, vicariously traveling through television programs, or however else you’d like to take this prompt. How to Vacation If you could eat … Continue reading

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So Hoagland

This afternoon was our monthly Living Poetry Book Club meeting and we discussed Tony Hoagland’s 2015 book Application for Release from the Dream. Unlike some of our recent selections, these poems mix humor and pathos in simple yet evocative language. … Continue reading

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