Sunday Feature – Poetry by Bartholomew Barker

Literary Revelations hopes you enjoy our Sunday Feature: The Poetry of 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. His first poetry collection, Wednesday Night Regular, written in and about strip clubs, was published in 2013. His second, Milkshakes and Chilidogs, a chapbook of food inspired poetry was “served” in 2017. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2021. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, Bartholomew worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit at

Canis Redivivus!

My dog sleeps like a beach towel drying in the sun
after a vibrant afternoon throwing his tennis ball
into the lake, scaring fish and snapping gnats.

When he’s had his fill of fecund water, he collapses
onto the sand, panting, tongue drooped. I cajole
him home, where I wash the souvenir smells from his fur.

It’s the best way to get some quiet time to work
until I hear the distinctive music of his tags shaking
and he yawns into my office where I proclaim,

“Behold! Bobo Redivivus!”
He returns my wag,
ready for dinner.

I was more popular when I drove a pickup

She asked me to drop her at the airport
and I was happy to repay the favor
until I discovered it also involved
moving her out of my apartment


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