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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 219 posts for Living Poetry

Monday Poetry Prompt: Apply, Sometimes, Success

This week let’s write a poem with the words apply, sometimes and success 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. Believe it or not, I rolled the dice and really … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: Epigraph

This week let’s write a poem with an epigraph. Think about your favorite author, doesn’t have to be a poet, and find a quote or a clever line from their work, then write a poem in reaction to it, using the line as the epigraph to your poem. If you can’t think of any, may … Continue reading

January Visual Poetry Prompt

Happy National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day! Post your mouth-watering poem in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Celebrate

This week let’s write a celebration or celebratory poem. You can celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new or you can celebrate some artist’s work or any beauty you experience Even though it’s Monday morning and things look bleak, there’s still plenty to celebrate so post your poetry in … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: Dark, Frost, Long

This week let’s write a poem with the words dark, frost and long 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: Mistletoe

This week let’s write a mistletoe poem. I found the first sentence of its Wikipedia entry very inspiring, “Mistletoe is the common name for obligate hemiparasitic plants in the order Santalales.” It’s a parasite and its taxonomic order starts with Santa! How can you not write a poem? Give it a kiss then post it … Continue reading

December Visual Poetry Prompt

The Christmas Swimsuit issue is a little disappointing.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Job

This week let’s write an on-the-job poem. It could be about the worst job or the best job you’ve ever had. You could also write about your dream job. If you need some inspiration, check out this list of odd jobs. Post your occupational therapy in the comments below.

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