Fraiku: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
3d ago
He wears the mask while driving elevators poetry rises For Black History Month, a haiku to honor my fellow Ohioan and poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906. The first line references his great poem We Wear the Mask ..read more
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Valentine’s Mashup
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
6d ago
How do I love her? Let me count the ways. She is like a red, red rose, walking in beauty, like the night. Her love is more thicker than forget more thinner than recall. And all that’s best of dark and bright, that’s newly sprung in June, I love to the depth and breadth and height ’til all the seas go dry and rocks melt with the sun. Of cloudless climes and starry skies, it is most mad and moonly. While the sands of life shall run, I shall but love her better after death. (Happy Valentine’s Day, readers! This is a mashup of four of my favorite love poems, Sonnets from the Portuguese 43, She Wa ..read more
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Too Long Too Long
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
6d ago
His deep round voice resonates against my thin apartment walls the next door neighbor dog howls the vapid sound of loneliness My dog Bobo howls in solidarity and seems confused when chastised for this is no ambulance siren but a real fellow in distress And I am this close to joining the howl not from solitude but from your absence (for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt and Living Poetry’s Monday Prompt ..read more
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One Star in a Constellation at Spillwords
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
1w ago
I’m very pleased to announce that my poem One Star in a Constellation has been published at Spillwords Press. My thanks to Dagmara and her team. I hope all my dear readers will have a read and click the little red heart, if so inspired. It’s been a busy week of publications for me but that’s only because I’ve been doing a lot of submitting this past year. I had a look at my database and I’ve submitted 250 poems in the past twelve months. I encourage all my poetry pals to put your stuff out there. There’s a home for every poem. All you have to do is find it ..read more
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Fraiku: Year of the Dragon
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
1w ago
A clockwork dragon tail curled around the moon in the western temple (Happy New Year! From this article in The Guardian, “The dragon is the only mythical creature among the 12 that the calendar cycles through, and is considered the most auspicious, with those born under its sign considered destined for success ..read more
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Eclipse in the Tipton Poetry Journal
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
1w ago
My eclipse selfie from 2017. I’m pleased to announce that my poem Eclipse has been republished in the Tipton Poetry Journal. My thanks to Barry Harris and the team. I wrote Eclipse in the aftermath of the total solar eclipse that passed through the States in August of 2017. This was another poem that earned a lot of rejections before first being published at Sledgehammer Lit about two years ago. When I saw that TPJ would consider previously published work, I thought I’d send Eclipse along with the rest of the submission. Maybe it’s a coincidence that Tipton, Indiana, where the TPJ is based, is ..read more
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For the Teenage Girl in the Parking Lot at The Taborian
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
1w ago
I am proud to announce that my poem For the Teenage Girl in the Parking Lot was published in the latest issue of The Taborian yesterday. Just like in the movies, this one was inspired by true events and I’d submitted it to a dozen journals over the past three years before finding a home. Many thanks to the team at The Taborian for accepting my work ..read more
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Learning about Nazis in High School at Dissident Voice
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
2w ago
I was surprised to see my poem Learning about Nazis in High School on the Dissident Voice Poetry on Sunday feed this afternoon! I’m honored they chose to publish it but I had no idea it was happening. That just shows one should always follow the sites one submits to. Thanks to the team there for accepting my work ..read more
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Fraiku: Groundhog Day
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
2w ago
Poke my nose outside my door. Haven’t I written this haiku before? (Happy Groundhog Day to those that celebrate it. May you see your shadow. Or not. I forget how it works ..read more
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Pure haiku
Bartholomew Barker, Poet
by Bartholomew Barker
2w ago
I’m proud to announce that one of my haiku has been published at pure haiku. This was part of their ekphrastic Three Trees series based on the image above by Elisa Ang. Many thanks to Freya for accepting my seventeen syllables ..read more
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