One of my poems appears in the current edition of Spank the Carp. Check it out!

The first draft of Canyon was written in the Durham Public Library during a session of the Poetry Factory lead by JeanMarie when she had us list various geographical features then write about one of them. It was also JeanMarie who suggested I turn it into a shape poem and now it’s published. Thanks, JM!

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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8 Responses to Canyon

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    I very much enjoyed reading this and the back story of how this poetry came to be.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. JeanMarie says:

    Kudos and applause to you! And thanks for the shout-out. It takes a village (Living Poetry on


  3. Allie Hansen says:

    It’s beautiful.


  4. Morrow Dowdle says:

    One of your best, I’d say.


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