Author Archives: Bartholomew Barker

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.

Fraiku: 90 seconds to Midnight

We dodged the nuclear bulletonly to devise a slow extinction by climatethen got bored when that took too long

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Fear Itself

That big angry dog at the end of my paper route half German Shepherd half fear itself The one who barks and snaps at my tires as I pedal away fast as my twelve-year-old legs can pump Some days he’s … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I’m proud to announce that my poem I Think Too Much is featured at Ephemeral Elegies. Hop on over and check it out. Thank you, Tiffany Renee Harmon, for posting my work.

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Fraiku: Winter Night

Shooting star spits across the skyignored by the pine treesglazed with ice

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Coalesce Broadsides!

For my dear readers who can’t visit the Eno Arts Mill Gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina, this month but still want to check out the Coalesce exhibit of visuals paired with poetry, you can do it online and even buy … Continue reading

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

“The arc of the moral universe is long,but it bends toward justice.” Justice does not come from policeexecuting choke holds and no-knocks. Justice comes from citizens of consciencebreaking unjust laws and accepting punishment. Freedom does not come from an armyof … Continue reading

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Fraiku: My Black Cat

Born on Friday the 13thhe crosses humans’ pathsjust for fun

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Last Friday, about the time my Fraiku posting, I was reading two of my poems to over a hundred art lovers at the opening night of an exhibit in my town of Hillsborough, North Carolina. Coalesce, A Collaboration of Poetry … Continue reading

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Fraiku: Not just a little shy

When I grow up I want to live under the sea where it’s quiet and dark (for this month’s Visual Poetry Prompt.)

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7 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll be Able to Keep

If you’re feline: Knock more things off desks. Take more naps in the sun. If you’re canine: Sniff more trees. Mark more trees. Roll in something stinky every day. If you’re human: talk less, read more, pick up after yourself, … Continue reading

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