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.

Lost at Home

The walls are comforting. They haven’t moved but the furniture is half gone. The echoes knock a sick spot in my stomach. I won’t miss the television. The couch can be replaced— but not you. Take the pots and pans, … Continue reading

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Shadow of Venus

Like Venus smiling in the twilight you’ve cut a shadow across my life— imperceptible while upstaged by the blatant sun or fickle moon but I still feel your cold caress— your light whispering in my ear— every cup of coffee, … Continue reading

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Singing Silence

Want to hear someone sing one of my poems? Bre Stephens, the founder and editor of The Dark Sire Literary Magazine, is collaborating with Fernando Fidanza and his project, Old Folk for New Poets, where he writes music to accompany … Continue reading

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Sex in the Sea

(Last night Living Poetry attended the Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The program was called Sex and the Sea: Love Stories, for Valentine’s Day, of course. Watch the show! The poetry starts at around 46 … Continue reading

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Stoic

Stoic North of Time, a Parliament of Stones marks some green pushing through the cracked concrete. This disease tears rock into sand, worse than rain and relentless wind. The animals came and went without notice. Plants too will pass, with … Continue reading

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The Dark Sire

Poetry’s not all rainbows and spring. The Dark Sire is an online literary magazine for poetry and short fiction in the fantasy, Gothic and horror genres and their Issue #2 is out and it includes one of my poems!

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Best Intentions

  Best Intentions Doc says I should eat better, exercise more. I know. I know. He asks if I remember what we talked about last time. I scour my crusted memory but these exams blur together like a field of … Continue reading

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Practice Fire in the Gyroscope Review

I’m proud to announce that my poem Practice Fire has been included in the Winter 2020 edition of the Gyroscope Review. You can download a free PDF but you’ll want to buy a paper or electronic copy because poetry.  

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Online Dating Haiku

Mining for true gold in online personal ads all I find — pyrite (from the Monday Living Poetry Prompt)

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Seven Steps to Writing a Poem

Seven Steps to Writing a Poem Wait one hour after the sun sets. Light two candles, left and right. If your three muses are hanging around send them home. They’ve done their job, now they’re just a distraction. Four mood, … Continue reading

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