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.

The Pudding on the Cake

Last night I hosted my annual Holiday Chocolate Open Mic at Matthew’s Chocolates in festive downtown Hillsborough. It was an intimate crowd of poets and an appreciative audience sharing wine and chocolate on a chilling evening. So, in that spirit, … Continue reading

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Lady Hawk on Wolff Poetry

One of my favorite poems is being featured on one of my favorite poetry blogs, Wolff Poetry. Check it out!

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Donating a Pint

Donating a Pint My blood looks like wine as it pours from vein to vial, a fine Pinot Noir though with better legs. I’d like a transfusion, direct from bottle to arm, bypass my burning stomach, molten core of misery. … Continue reading

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Allegro & Adagio

I just got my copy of Allegro & Adagio, Dance Poems Vol. II. It’s a beautiful book with hundreds of poems about all things dance. If you’re about to begin the annual frenzy of consumption, you should definitely consider this … Continue reading

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Sturdy

Sturdy I’m looking for a sturdy girl, one who can take a punch to her metaphorical gut when I require solitude. One who won’t fall in love because of a love poem and won’t fall apart when she’s not my … Continue reading

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Election Day!

If you haven’t voted yet, it’s time to do so. I’ll be heading to my polling place during my lunch break. You can read all about it at Oddball Magazine. They just published Blue Magick. Head over there and cast … Continue reading

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Blue Magick

Blue Magick I call upon the spirits of light, the angels of constitutional democracy, of reasonable policy based upon science, I humbly beseech you: Arise! Cast out the demons of fear and corruption. Break the curse of dark money, lies … Continue reading

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Trickle Down

Trickle Down My boss’s boss lives a few floors above. He’s a nice enough guy, we can talk sports but he’s used to sitting in the skybox while I’m in the cheap seats. His boss lives in the penthouse with … Continue reading

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To My Fellow White Men

To My Fellow White Men We’re great, that’s undeniable, we put ourselves on the moon, kicked Hitler’s Nazi ass and ran the English out of America. But all those fine accomplishments with flags and parades were achieved by our grandfathers … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon A Time A man could raise a family, pay off a mortgage and take a nice vacation every year on a single salary. That’s where I was raised, that quaint country called America. It wasn’t perfect, just ask … Continue reading

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