Shameless Self-Promotion

Basic RGBNeed a last minute gift this holiday season? My chapbook Milkshakes & Chilidogs and other food poems is available. You’ll get 24 tasty poems for $4.95 paperback or $1.99 digital with zero calories!

Here’s a sample from the dessert section, one of my holiday chocolate poems.


Small bag
of silent coins
gold and silver

They do not jingle
jingle all the way
beautiful as winter
sparking stars
held in the hands
of a greedy boy

More valuable
than precious metals
more fleeting
lost on a spin of shin
more delicate
melting on fingers
and lips

Give me no objects
wrapped in pretty paper
treasure to bury
or clutter shelves
collect dust

Give me events
a smile a wink a glance
moments lost forever
a small plate with two forks
volatile unreliable
sweet memories
to treasure

Give me art
to consume
with you
for a taste
of eternity

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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10 Responses to Shameless Self-Promotion

  1. JeanMarie says:

    “with no calories” made me laugh. I can vouch for the book. It really is (poetically) delicious.

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  2. Lisa Tomey says:

    Sharing! It is a great book. It would be an awesome gift.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lisa Tomey says:

    I just realized that I never reviewed this, but it’s done now!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ali Grimshaw says:

    This sums it up for me, “a small plate with two forks.” sharing a moment is the best gift. Good luck with your book.


  5. Congratulations on your book… I hope to try a slice. :)

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