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.
Bartholomew Barker has written 116 posts for Living Poetry

Monday Poetry Prompt: Pompous

This week let’s write a pompous poem. Some might say the very act of writing poetry is more than a little pompous but it’s safe to assume they aren’t reading this prompt. The poem could be about a pompous person or event or the poem might just be full of itself. Post your pretentions in … Continue reading

December Visual Poetry Prompt

Just one month to go. Post your poem below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Gratitude

In preparation for a poetry talk I’ll be giving this week, I ran across this little poem by Dorothea Grossman: For Allen Ginsberg Among other things, thanks for explaining how the generous death of old trees forms the red powdered floor of the forest. So, this week let’s write a poem thanking another poet for … Continue reading

Take the Monday Poetry Prompt by the hand…

This week imagine your favorite poet takes you by the hand and… Saturday my fellow Living Poetry organizer Chris Abbate and I lead a poetry workshop at the Holly Springs Book Festival. One of the prompts I shared was more a procedure so anyone can get a fairly random poetry prompt. Take a book, close … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: Tiny

This week let’s write a tiny poem. Is there a minimum number of words needed for a poem? I think so but what do I know? I think it’ll be more interesting to write a regular-sized poem about something tiny. Post your baby in the comments below.

November Visual Poetry Prompt

Made by the Master Gardeners in Crossville, Tennesse. H/t: Smith County Master Gardeners and JeanMarie Olivieri. Post your gleanings in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Halloween

This Friday is All Saints’ Day so let’s write a Halloween poem. It could be a memory of treats your received or tricks you played. It could feature pumpkins, skeletons, black cats or even a witches’ sabbath, to combine last week’s prompt with this. Post your harvest in the comments below.  

Monday Poetry Prompt: Sabbath

Even though it’s Monday, this week let’s write a Sabbath poem. It could be a Saturday or Sunday poem, depending upon your religious upbringing, but try to focus on the “day of rest” aspect. After sleeping in, post in the comments below.

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