Barry Middleton

Barry Middleton
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I was born in 1946 in a small town at the edge of the Mississippi delta. The town and surrounding countryside would have been great subject matter for Norman Rockwell paintings. Much of that landscape and many of my experiences there are reflected in my poetry. As time progressed I realized I was blessed to have been born in interesting times and in an interesting place.

I was educated in the parochial school system in Mississippi and graduated High School in 1964. I attended Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois with a BS Degree in Psychology in 1969.

After graduation, I worked as a school teacher ... more »

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  • Caroline victory (11/13/2017 12:20:00 PM)

    I hope you get this Barry, I loved your book- your old riff on parlane- that was funny! My email address is:👌🏻

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/30/2017 10:17:00 AM)

    It's a great poem from Barry.. a rare and unique one this year.
    Congratulations for the award deserved..

  • James Smith (7/27/2017 8:54:00 AM)

    I have just been reading Notebook 13 with great pleasure.Dinoland really struck a chord having had just that experience most of my life. Many thanks for your poetry. Harrison Smith

  • Denis Mair Denis Mair (5/3/2017 2:11:00 PM)

    I see in your reply to Marianne Reninger below that you live in Sarasota. I went to Sarasota twice because of a man named Elling Eide, who founded a private library dedicated to Chinese poetry and art. It was written up two weeks ago in the New York Times. The library was established to house Mr. Eide's book collection. There was a beautiful botanical garden on the site, abutting on that crescent beach of white sand. I visited the garden while Elling Eide was alive, before the Center was actually established. My brother is a board member of the Elling Eide Center. (Elling Eide was his classmate at Harvard.) . Here is a link to the New York Times article about it: :
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  • Annette Aitken Annette Aitken (10/15/2016 9:56:00 AM)

    I love reading Barry's reading through alot of his work it is like a little movie unfolding right in front of your very eyes....His great words paint such wonderful pictuers. I alway feel so relaxed after reading Barry's work...Come read and enjoy what he has to won't be disappointed.

  • Pamela Sinicrope Pamela Sinicrope (6/27/2016 2:30:00 PM)

    So glad to have encountered Barry Middleton. He cares... about the writing, the speaker, the reader, and the content of his work. His poetry ranges from musical and rhyming, to analytical free verse, to poems that evoke memory, the past, and witness to history. As a fellow poet, Barry has been an inspiration to me and I appreciate this thoughtful commentaries, passion, and critical advice.

  • Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (5/30/2016 8:58:00 AM)

    Wording of thoughtful, innovative, sensitive feelings in the poems of Barry Moddleton runs as clear waters do in peaceful creeks and you feel its dew painting your senses.

  • Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (5/17/2016 8:09:00 AM)

    Marianne, I have lived in Sarasota since 1989. I commuted to Venice Hospital for work. My memory is poor by I vaguely remember The Wedgwood. Yes indeed it is a small world.

  • Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (5/17/2016 8:01:00 AM)

    Barry, I just read your bio and didn't realize we were in Venice, Fl. at the same time! We lived there from 1974-1993. My husband, Jim, and I were raising our 2 kids, living on Fiesole St. on the island, and running our restaurant, The Wedgwood, and Everymans/(soon to be Stormin'Normans after Jim's brother Norm) . I was active in the Art League, member of Florida Artists Group, and writing some then too. In the 90's we moved to Asheville where we have lived ever since. My daughter Jill grew up to be a Child's Mental Health specialist, and now is a director at the Safe Children's Coalition run by the Y. Small world. Wish I had known you then. Where do you live now? Marianne Larsen Reninger

  • Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (3/7/2016 8:18:00 AM)

    Thank you so much Nosheen for the kind and encouraging comment.

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Best Poem of Barry Middleton

Letter To Myself

I wish that I had written you
when I was young and strong and wise
I knew that I would never die
I'd face the world without disguise

but as I pen this note to you
I have grown old and tired and weak
but I recall that hopeful youth
it is to you that I must speak

I can but say what I was told
to quietly sit and watch the crowd
and see the good and evil there
and think before I speak aloud

and though I wrote it long ago
I would not take my own advice
and that has put me on this path
with wishing that I had thought twice

I've come to ...

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