Koi in a Bucket published at Spank the Carp

Nearly a year ago, Spank the Carp held an ekphrastic contest where we were given an image to inspire our poetry. I thought I’d give it a try and while I didn’t win, the editor asked if he could publish the poem in some future edition and that time has come. Pond 64, the August 2021 issue of Spank the Carp is now online, featuring my poem, Koi in a Bucket. Check it out!

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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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11 Responses to Koi in a Bucket published at Spank the Carp

  1. Lucy says:

    Oooh, congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. JeanMarie says:

    Congratulations. Although, I’m not sure of the ethics of spanking fish. I mean, what did they ever do to you? :)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Harley Reborn says:


    Can we pretend that they’re singing?

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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    I love this poem!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Lovely poem., Bartholomew. :) Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

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