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.

Survivor Anger Published at Edge of Humanity

I am proud to announce that Edge of Humanity Magazine has published a new poem of mine, Survivor Anger. I strongly encourage all my readers check it out and follow their excellent site. Here’s the first stanza of six, to … Continue reading

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Fraiku: Traveling through the Dark

I wonder what it’d be like to live where no blinking red lights marred the heroic night sky that never cared less (for William Stafford from whom I stole the title and the heroic sky that never cared less.)

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How could I love thee?

How could I love thee? When you’d smack your lips as you ate apple pie When you’d snore through the night ’til the sun rose in the sky When you’d drum your fingers or bite your nails When you’d order … Continue reading

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A Marriage

Over the wires your voicecame leaping into my earlike a sparkling rainbow Me in my hotel roomyou on the front porchenjoying the evening breeze We talk as though we’re holding handsafter a long day— sharing our warmthdespite the miles traveled … Continue reading

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Fraiku: Philosophy

Descartes understood words pour from a bottle I drink therefore I am Last line stolen from Bruce’s Philosphers Song.

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“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act,it is a constant attitude.”~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our circle of friendsmust be ever expandinglike a bouquet of balloonsa kaleidoscope of visionsviews and voices tiedtogether with appreciationacceptance and the common goalof peace So … Continue reading

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Fraiku: Erethizon dorsatum

Thoughts of you— like a prickle of porcupines occupying my mind (for the LP Prompt Porcupine and thanks to JeanMarie for the collective noun.)

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Hidden in Childhood

As many of my dear readers know because they’re published in it too, the anthology Hidden in Childhood from Literary Revelations has been released. Compiled by the indefatigable Gabriela Marie Milton, this anthology has 280 poems from over 150 poets, … Continue reading

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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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