Rick Barnes's E-Mail Address: btlore@hotmail.com


Rick Barnes's Profile:
Well...I guess it's time to put a profile on here. I'm always so clumbsy at this. I don't think it is because I am withdrawn or too guarded about revealing things. Quite the contrary, I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and tell my entire life story to a complete stranger while seated next to him/her on a plane. Perhaps it is that I find details served up without any real context to read like so many ingredients without any recipe. There is another fear I harbour. I don't mind someone getting to know me via the poetry, but I do object to someone trying to know the poetry through me. People more concerned with motive than meaning should stick to law. I think poetry transends the writer. If not, what's a poem for? If you're still with me so far, (I really am trying), I started writing poetry at the age of nine. My Grandmother, Alyce Marie Sparks, was a published poet and I grew up listening to her recite. My fifth grade teacher was very fond of poetry and felt it important that we learn to recite. While going through the text book of poetry I found a poem by my Grandmother. I was so excited. It was an identity moment. My teacher assigned each of us the task of writing a poem about our mother. I took the task very seriously and felt that I had to live up to my new identity as Alyce Marie Sparks' grandchild. I wrote, re-wrote, revised, tore up and wrote again until I wore that little poem out. Then something very odd happened. One day I took the pencil into my hand and wrote as fast as I could, a poem that was being dictated to me inside my little noggin. It was writing itself. When I finished I realized I had written something that couldn't be said any other way, and yet I had the strangest feeling that I hadn't really written it. The poem received praise and was placed in a display case in the hallway. All of that was rewarding and a little embarrassing. What I really wanted was to experience that feeling of a poem writing itself again. I told my Grandmother this and she said, "Ricky, you've been given a gift so you'd better get busy. Now that poetry has found you don't concern yourself with being a poet. Work at being worthy of the poetry. Everything else is vanity." I never stopped writing poetry. To date I have written four books of poetry and a fifth is in the works. I have a book of poetry titled "Imposters" resently released by 1st Books. It is available at Amazon.com and various other dot coms. I really enjoy posting poetry here and have found it to be a rewarding experience. Ohhhh yeah, I nearly forgot. I have long chestnut brown hair.

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Leaving

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2006-05-22 18:04:11
Last Dream

11

2005-09-15 02:21:32
Tomorrow's Forecast

12

2005-08-28 16:56:34
Upon Her Leaving

11

2005-07-31 19:06:33
Falling From You

9

2005-06-15 06:20:01
Every Other Night, At The Paradise Cafe

6

2005-05-16 21:10:42
Second Avenue

6

2005-04-26 04:47:13
Your Best Guess

8

2005-04-23 08:43:28
A Leaf Blooms In Maine

8

2005-03-17 18:07:15
I Remember Julenisse

6

2004-12-20 05:16:54
Arioso

12

2004-11-11 07:49:00
Digital Poetry

5

2004-10-21 02:16:41
The Bearers of Vision

6

2004-09-19 14:52:51
The Great Divide

8

2004-08-11 22:09:03
Dancing For The Gods

5

2004-06-14 18:24:58
Ashes

10

2004-05-14 12:44:00
I Took You With Me

8

2004-04-10 18:58:11
What Missing You Means

9

2004-03-26 03:34:28
One Just Bell

12

2004-02-11 13:35:53
Love As A Postcard

11

2004-01-13 18:06:38
An Old Man's Song On Christmas Eve

11

2003-12-26 02:51:13
Finding Hope

13

2003-11-15 16:00:54
For The Sake Of All Lovers Lost To This

10

2003-10-15 11:59:16
Straight At It

11

2003-09-21 22:42:43
Sole Mates

11

2003-09-15 17:31:52
An Immodest Request

19

2003-08-14 14:55:17
Dancing With Your Gypsy Soul

8

2003-07-20 13:46:18
Invitation At Wood's Edge

9

2003-07-08 16:23:07
remainders

7

2003-06-17 16:47:49
Equidistant

7

2003-06-11 18:41:50
Losing Keith

10

2003-05-26 16:41:09
There Was A Rainbow Around The Moon

9

2003-05-13 18:10:42
In Praise Of Ordinary Things

10

2003-05-06 18:37:22
To Jillian

7

2003-04-23 16:05:25
Evening Songs We Hardly Sang...

10

2003-04-17 18:02:53
Silent Lies

11

2003-03-28 13:44:40
Lotto

5

2003-03-18 13:02:47
The Guiding

8

2003-03-02 12:13:35
This Winter Storm

8

2003-02-07 21:05:54
An American Tourist In America

9

2003-01-20 13:08:28
The Proper Compass

7

2003-01-13 13:07:31
As You Leave

7

2003-01-09 10:30:47
Fermata

9

2002-12-09 17:06:45
On Frost's "Fire And Ice"

7

2002-12-03 10:45:32
To Greyson Leaving San Francisco

6

2002-11-22 13:21:12
While Contemplating Pi

10

2002-11-16 13:57:21
Warmth

8

2002-11-09 18:19:31
For Mrs. Parker

8

2002-10-15 12:48:40
Coming Into A Room (A Copenhagen Interpretation)

8

2002-10-12 12:48:02
Coming Back To "The Haight"

8

2002-10-07 11:38:20
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