Author Archives: Bartholomew Barker

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker was born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough, North Carolina where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.

British Library

Although the British Library has over 200 million things to read there, I decided not to bother getting a Reader Pass in favor of checking out their small museum of rare and valuable documents. Unfortunately, everything was under glass but … Continue reading

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Highgate Cemetery

Happy Solstice! To celebrate I went the farthest north that I plan to go in London: Hampstead. While still accessible by underground, it feels very much like the smaller towns and villages that I’ve visited elsewhere in Britain. I walked … Continue reading

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The British Museum

When I left the hotel this morning to get some tea and pastries, I wasn’t sure yet how I’d spend the day. A few hours later I was touching the Rosetta Stone. The British Museum was on my list of … Continue reading

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Brompton Cemetery

Today I walked to one of the so-called Magnificent Seven Cemeteries of London. Brompton Cemetery happens to be nearest my hotel so, despite sleeping in, I still arrived in the middle of the morning. The north end of this expansive … Continue reading

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London 2018

I regret to report that my streak of consecutive World Cups has ended. I was unable to get tickets to any of the matches in Russia and thought it best not to try to buy game tickets off from the … Continue reading

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Poetical Science

To further my poetry career, I’m going into politics. Imagine how many expensive suits would pay good money for a poem on demand written by a big city mayor or governor. They’d line up for blocks with stacks of cash … Continue reading

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Who Needs Sight?

This poem was from this week’s Living Poetry Prompt, believe it or not. Who Needs Sight? I’d rather be blind than struck deaf. Vision is too distracting. I don’t need eyes in the back of my head to hear someone … Continue reading

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Potty Training

The image below is from Living Poetry’s May Visual Poetry Prompt. Potty Training There is no greater joy in the life of a parent than when their furry child poops outside. Then life can settle into a routine, no more … Continue reading

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Last Slice of Life

Thirty poems in thirty days, hope you’ve enjoyed my work this National Poetry Month. For today’s prompt, write a closing time poem. Or another way of coming at this prompt is to write a poem in which something is coming … Continue reading

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Notes from Underground

For today’s prompt, write a response poem. Respond to whatever helps you get your poem written, but my thought is that you should respond to one of your poems from earlier in this challenge. Notes from Underground (in response to … Continue reading

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