Living Poetry Book Club Meeting Minutes, April 4, 2022

Living Poetry Book Club Meeting Minutes, April 4, 2022

Angela, our hostess, has carved this elegant garden
from a suburban wilderness— laid out a fine spread
of finger food and fancy soda water for our discussion,
this bright blue first Sunday in April.

We have a civilized debate on the merits
of C. K. Williams‘ collection Repair,
surrounded by forsythia and bumble bees
doing their good work— all very polite— despite

the cardinals flashing through the trees
like my annoyance at his long lines of prose
pawned off as poetry. Even the blind cat catches
a whiff of his obtuse intellectualisms

and yawns. A bee take a break to dance on my nose,
taunting me with Spring, with a world bubbling
and I want to release my inner Bukowski
punch my buddy Carlo square in the mouth,
kick Dylan in the balls,
kiss both Angela and Moira
flush on the lips—
rip off my shirt and run
through the sunsplendid grass

Find a copse of trees to climb
drink from a brook with muddy hands
sharpen some flint
shave out the gray
from my beard— I don’t care
if I leave scabs

It’s Spring!
I was young once
and I might not be again


This is why you should never serve wine at a poetry book club meeting

and why I’ll never win a Pulitzer.

 

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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14 Responses to Living Poetry Book Club Meeting Minutes, April 4, 2022

  1. mbrazfieldm says:

    Buk said dont try i suggest cut loose awesome piece friend 😏 xo

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bart,

    I want to know if you just composed this today? It’s so well-constructed and yet inspired by Spring and spontaneous at the same time. It’s gorgeous I think. A great romp with stomping on the big names in victory for all us little ones. What fun!!

    On Mon, Apr 4, 2022 at 5:45 PM Bartholomew Barker, Poet wrote:

    > Bartholomew Barker posted: ” Living Poetry Book Club Meeting Minutes, > April 4, 2022 Angela, our hostess, has carved this elegant gardenfrom a > suburban wilderness— laid out a fine spreadof finger food and fancy soda > water for our discussion,this bright blue first Sunday in Apr” >

    Liked by 2 people

  3. JeanMarie says:

    A splendid song of spring!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    Haha but you had all the fun, itsn’t that worth it?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. This made me laugh out loud! 🤣🤣🤣

    Liked by 1 person

  6. luvgoodcarp says:

    Haha. I wouldn’t give up on that Pulitzer yet.

    Liked by 1 person

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