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 205 posts for Living Poetry

Monday Poetry Prompt: Shameless

This week let’s write a shameless poem. We’ve all encountered people in our lives how just don’t seem to feel regret about anything they do. Maybe others think of us that way. There’s no shame in poetry unless it’s badly written. Post your regret-free verse in the comments below.

October Visual Poetry Prompt

It’s the time of year when places are looking for a certain theme in their poetry submissions. Let’s give the people what they want in the comments below. (Running “Halloween Poetry Submission” through your favorite search engine, is a fine idea.)

Monday Poetry Prompt: Aerodynamics

This week let’s write an aerodynamic poem. There are plenty of poems about natural flight so let’s get more specific. I want this week’s poem to be about flying in an airplane or some other human invention that gets us off the ground. We’ve only been doing powered flight as a species for less than … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: Arctic, Destroy, Experiment

This week let’s write a poem with the words Arctic, destroy and experiment 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 and the dice gave us a doozy this week. My … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: Ruffian

This week let’s write a poem about a ruffian. Last week, our very own JeanMarie Olivieri sent me 22 Charming Words for Nasty People. I recognized several of the terms (having been addressed as such at various points in my life) but there were still plenty on this list to add to my vocabulary so … Continue reading

September Visual Poetry Prompt

Our very own JeanMarie Olivieri found this giant sculpture in Graham, North Carolina. It was created by Seward Johnson and donated to assist Alamance Arts in bring art to Alamance County. Post your ekphrastic reaction in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Lamb

This week let’s write a lamb poem. Our species domesticated theirs about ten thousand years ago so we have plenty ancient symbols and metaphors to work with. If, like me, you’ve never really gotten to know a lamb, ram or ewe, here are a few fun facts to get you started. Post your mutton in … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: Pebble

This week let’s write a pebble poem. They’re frequently underfoot, sometimes painfully so, but they still deserve poetry. Polish your pebble into a diamond and post it in the comments below.

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