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.

Tiger King

I combined two prompts into one poem tonight: “For today’s prompt, write a wish poem.” “Today’s National Poetry Month prompt is all about tigers.” Tiger King I wish I had a tiger. I’d ride him to school— make sure he … Continue reading

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Follow the Money

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Follow (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Follow the Money Deep Throat’s insight into political corruption … Continue reading

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Spaced Out

For today’s prompt, write a space poem. Spaced Out Singing Happy Birthday hands slick with soap I lost track of myself Like a greedy movie villain rubbing or opening the doors of the church to see the people— I cleansed … Continue reading

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From the New World

For today’s prompt, write a new world poem. From the New World Dvorak’s Ninth could have only been written in America, far from his Bohemian home of mountains and forests. Clear-cut farmlands from New York to Iowa, wide open spaces … Continue reading

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Online Poetry Workshop

  We just finished a global poetry workshop with Google Hangouts and it was a success. There were only three poets but we had representatives from both hemispheres so I was enthused. All the poetry was strong and the reviews … Continue reading

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Our Nocturne

Our Nocturne Like Endymion, I worshipped Selene— my perfect muse— enticing yet unobtainable, and then you landed. Our time together— brief as a shooting star— concludes with this dance— before morning carries us apart. But we’ll still see the same … Continue reading

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I could use some help

I firmly believe that best way to improve one’s poetry is to get feedback from other poets. I’ve been facilitating a monthly Living Poetry workshop for about ten years now and we’ve recently had to shift our meetings online due … Continue reading

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The Omelet

The Omelet I unbroke that rotten egg right before it dropped into the bowl thus saving the omelet. It was just a fevered dream that my fellow voters insisted they loved the smell of sulfur and black spots in the … Continue reading

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March 12th

March 12th Purple confetti on my car as if the dogwoods are celebrating the squishy ground but the birds are singing too loud, too early. I was up late partying with the trees.   (Wrote this one at a little … Continue reading

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The Luster of Gold

The Luster of Gold “God does not play dice.” Albert Einstein on Quantum Mechanics I order another glass of wine after calculating the odds my date will be late for dinner. While at the bar my phone jiggles and I … Continue reading

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