Author Archives: Bartholomew Barker

Pity the Dupes

Pity the Dupes Lied to by their heroesfed fake news by their mediaencouraged by corporate shillsto destroy the democracythey think they’re defendingwith their flags and guns They are the mislead minoritythe easily manipulatedbut this time instead of fadingback into a … Continue reading

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Boy in a Hospital

Boy in a Hospital I woke up empty—left eye swollen shutwhere they pulledout my memory A lady sits at my bedsideholding my handher eyes meltingunder harsh fluorescents Who is she— who am Ino longer a son or brotherI am alone … Continue reading

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It doesn’t take a weatherman…

It doesn’t take a weatherman… An inch of pure snowfirst of the seasonpromised by local newsmore interested in clicksthan accuracy Early January snow forgivescovers a multitude of sinsleaving the world freshbeautiful as a crystalready for new growth But the anger … Continue reading

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Four Images

Four Images Waking up seasickin my land-locked bed I can still smell my wineyet it lacks flavor Sitting still feelslike giving up The vaccine comes too latefor far too many

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untitled poem for the new year

Just another middle of the nightin the middle of the darkbut we all count this twelve o’clockas somehow special So let’s work for something betterlet’s resolve to changemore than just the numberof the year

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Prescription

Prescription Let’s rip the foil off this new yearlike an unopened bottle of pills—stumbling for the too small tabalong the sticky edgesuntil I just jam my fat thumbthrough it in frustration. Pluck the cotton— bright as the full moonand throw … Continue reading

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The Scent of Snow

The Scent of Snow Peppermint tingles my morningthe Christmas tree fillsthe air of the living roomwith a forest of needlesthe kitchen is cinnamon warmand gingerbread peopled But what did the myrrh smell like?

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Winter Solstice Sonnet

Winter Solstice Sonnet I’ve lived where the solstice airfreezes onto my mustache.Where daylight is a vague glowbehind clouds of dirty slush. I’ve felt that deep ancestral fearthat the sun has given upand we’ll all shiver solid,defeated by the menacing dark. … Continue reading

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Treasure published at Spillwords

I’m pleased to announce that one of my chocolate holiday poems from Milkshakes and Chilidogs called “Treasure” was reprinted at Spillwords. Here’s your chance to read it, if you don’t own my chapbook. And if you don’t own Milkshakes and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Spacetime While Making a Bed

Thoughts on Spacetime While Making a Bed Gravity repulses meI feel it draggingand distorting my spacelike struggling to walkupstream neck-deep in a river I envy the crows balancedon tree top branchesdancing with each breezeperched there as naturallyas I squat on … Continue reading

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