Free Verse Revolution: Tahmina

I am very proud to announce that one of my poems, Another Birth, has been published in the current issue of Free Verse Revolution: Tahmina: (love & loss). You can download the PDF for free but, once you see it, I’m sure you’ll want physical copy for your bookshelves. It’s gorgeous!

I dedicated Another Birth to Phillis Wheatley. She was the first African-American woman to publish a book of poetry. I wish I could claim that I was thinking of her while writing the poem but I didn’t know about her yet. I was thinking about how dangerous pregnancy is for our mothers and while looking up famous people who died in childbirth, her name appeared.

Thank you to Kristiana Reed for publishing my work and my raven-haired muse for the inspiration.

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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19 Responses to Free Verse Revolution: Tahmina

  1. Congratulations Bartholomew! A beautiful poem set within a beautiful anthology!! Autograph my copy please! 😊

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  2. JeanMarie says:


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  3. ivor20 says:

    Congratulations Bart

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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    Congratulations Bart! 👍💚

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  5. berniebell1955 says:

    I can’t help thinking it’s a design fault – not just in humans either.

    Well expressed though, Bart. Very well expressed.

    Toe-curling enjoyment to toe-curling pain. Indeedy- doodly do.

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  6. JeanMarie says:

    A day later and I have finally been able to read the poem. Very moving, particularly the haunting phrase, “fulfilled yet empty.” Great work.

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  7. markrenney2 says:


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  8. Lisa Tomey says:


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  9. Congratulations!

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