Jane Avril at the Moulin Rouge 1893

Wednesday Night Regular Cover

I let men believe
The rhythm of the bass
Makes me lose control
Of my feet
My legs
My hips
That I must yield to
The frantic beat
That I don’t mean to
Reveal these petticoats
But of course
It’s all a show
And men are simple
To control

This year marks the tenth anniversary of my first poetry collection, Wednesday Night Regular. To celebrate I’ll be posting my favorite poems from the book on Wednesday nights. Along with the poems, I’ll be featuring illustrations by Tammy Atkinson of Atkinson Creations.

Jane Avril was first published in the Kind of a Hurricane Press anthology In Gilded Frame.

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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20 Responses to Jane Avril at the Moulin Rouge 1893

  1. Sarah E Barker says:

    very good

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  2. Cassa Bassa says:

    It’s a great poem and I like the cover of your book. 💚

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  3. berniebell1955 says:

    “That I don’t mean to reveal these petticoats”

    Teasing – strip-tease – ‘What the Butler saw’ – look, but don’t touch.

    You catch it – whatever it is.

    At one time this poster was on thousands of walls….


    Somewhat strangely, considering the fact that I went to a Convent school – our ballet teacher ( who wasn’t a nun!) also taught us the Charleston, the Black Bottom, and….the Can-Can!

    Can’t do it now – old bones.

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  4. luvgoodcarp says:

    Haha. Yes, sad but true. Very easy to control.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. berniebell1955 says:

    I just looked at the link – is that your Mum in the red cardi?

    I’m going to weave that idea into my blog – making images whereby what the fingers feel can be transformed into ‘seeing’ what is there – a very strong, and helpful process.

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  6. Soul Doc says:

    Beautiful poem! I have often told my female patients as they lament about the men in their lives to remember men are simple creatures, easy to train and control.

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  7. berniebell1955 says:

    Blimey – I can’t go along with this view – especially from a therapist!

    I’m thinking of the characters Holly and Ryder in ‘Mellissa & Joey’….


    Who wants that?

    I’ll quote Prince again – “Let a woman be a woman and a man be a man.”

    Working together to get through this thing called life.

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  8. berniebell1955 says:

    Witter witter..

    A person…gets together with a person…then spends their time trying to turn them into a different person.


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