Barry Middleton

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 i ...
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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
Two Deceptions
both are like the falling leaves
a tale that no one ever believes
a passing season and a lover
Big psychotic eyes and vicious beak,
you convey terror to the lesser species.

Feathers askance like a professor's hair,
Things I Did Not Say
there are so many things I did not say
I may have hinted once or twice
but that is not enough
The Lonely Time
I cherish early morning,
the lonely time.

To wait and watch the glow,


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Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 31 October 2018
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Aqua Flower 31 May 2018
Barry, I do miss you terribly as many might feel the same on here. Your presence through your poetry was so enriching. Your love of nature and the world never ceased to amaze me. I never said goodbye to you, couldn't find the right words to say, I know you are at peace now, my friend. You are one of the angels now. Aqua Flower (Rainbow flower now)
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Practicing Poetess 02 April 2018
Barry, we will always love you...... We miss you terribly....... The site will never be the same without you. Be at peace, dear friend and master poet.
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Caroline victory 13 November 2017
I hope you get this Barry, I loved your book- your old riff on parlane- that was funny! My email address is:
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 30 August 2017
It's a great poem from Barry.. a rare and unique one this year. Congratulations for the award deserved.. Subhas
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James Smith 27 July 2017
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
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Denis Mair 03 May 2017
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: : https: // _r=0
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Annette Aitken 15 October 2016
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.
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Pamela Sinicrope 27 June 2016
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.
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Dimitrios Galanis 30 May 2016
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.
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Barry Middleton 17 May 2016
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.
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Marianne Reninger 17 May 2016
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
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Barry Middleton 07 March 2016
Thank you so much Nosheen for the kind and encouraging comment.
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Nosheen Irfan 07 March 2016
Barry is a prolific writer n has written on many topics. Like others i too find his poems very inspiring. He has a knack for saying a lot in a few words. His poetry is calm n soothing. Keep writing n inspiring.
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Barry Middleton 30 January 2016
Heaven's Authority, I don't mind at all. Glad your find them inspiring.
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Heaven's Authority 29 January 2016
I hope you don't mind, I will be watching your page for inspiration :) love your poems!
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Alexandro Johns 29 January 2016
Great poems and natural as life. Congratulations.
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