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.

Agent of Empire

Agent of Empire I tried to change the systemfrom within. I failed. Our Empire is not easily turned.We’re not a kayak on a lakewhere dipping a paddlebrings new direction. We’re an ocean container shipthat doesn’t notice heavy seasand plows heedless … Continue reading

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untitled Fraiku

Discarded oak leafdrills through the crystalline aira cold moon rises

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Looking Back

Looking Backfor the James Webb Space Telescope Far past the dark side of the moonNever again to feel the warmthOf human breath or touch I need absolute cold for my workTo stare for days unblinkingSift light into colors Note the … Continue reading

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Samhain on Spillwords

Another of my Halloween poems for this year has been posted on Spillwords. It starts: Send the kids to trick or treatWith your parents tonightLet’s be alone when the wallsBetween the worlds grow thin Read the rest…

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Fraiku: Happy Birthday!

Sarcastic and Sardonic RhymesPoems that Pop with Punsof Jeanetically Modified Origin

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Trick or Treat

Here’s another collaboration with the good folks at Charles House. We reminisced about Halloweens of our youth, I read a few poems, including Poe’s The Raven (which technically isn’t a Halloween poem since he explicitly states that it occurs in … Continue reading

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Fraiku: For Autumn

Your grace stills the airstars focus— the moon risesbehind bare branches Bonus Poetry: my first Halloween poem of the season posted at the Go Dog Go Café. It’s a fourteen line Halloween memory entitled Halloween, Age 15. Thanks to the … Continue reading

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They were Strange Men They entered our villageno explanation offeredbegan killing They believed their officerswe were sub-humannot worthy of remark They were from some legionleft no oneto carry the dead (For this week’s Weekend Writing Prompt and Living Poetry Prompt.)

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Fraiku: Regrets

Full of shoulds and couldsAn effigy of myselfShall we burn me down?

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Lake House

Lake House She rests in forestvivid green from rainliving breath of earthcool summer morn Mirrored in the lakemist spinning ghostsdawn spilling overguardian mountains She welcomes me backslipping her doorswith comfortable warmthsurrounding my frailty No longer exposedfinally at home

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