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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.
Bartholomew Barker has written 252 posts for Living Poetry

Monday Poetry Prompt: Smooth

This week let’s write a smooth poem. Taken literally or poetically, smooth is a great adjective to play with. Let’s have some fun and once you’ve taken care of the rough edges, post it in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Council, Mark, Store

This week let’s write a poem with the words council, mark and store in it. This is another of those prompts where I randomly choose three words from a list of the top 1000 words in the English language plus a few of my favorites. Post your poems in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Restaurant

This week let’s write a restaurant poem. It could be about the food, the customers, the ambience. It could be about a fancy place with tuxedoed waiters or a dive where you’re worried about finding a roach in your french fries. It could have nothing to do with the restaurant and just be set there … Continue reading

September Visual Poetry Prompt

Let’s get to work! Post your product in the comments below.

August Musical Poetry Prompt

Have a listen to this six minute piano piece, write some poetry then post your results in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Redivivus

This week let’s write a poem the includes the word redivivus. I was tidying up my night stand after it avalanched onto me overnight and near the bottom I found a book entitled The Superior Person’s Book of Words by Peter Bowler. It’s a glossary of unusual, obsolete or overly specific English words. I picked … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: Century, Symbolism, Voice

This week let’s write a poem with the words century, symbolism and voice in it. This is another of those prompts where I randomly choose three words from a list of the top 1000 words in the English language plus a few of my favorites. Post your poems in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Abandon

This week let’s write an abandon poem. I intentionally left that sentence a-grammatical. Your poem can be about abandoning or being abandoned and, since we’re all poets here, we all have poems at the bottoms of directories or piles of papers, maybe recover one of them and meld it into the theme. Post your poem … Continue reading

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