Human Spawn

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A sentimental man is more mad
than any other; he
wants your good opinion, or
a smooth operation:
for whatever reason he’s guilty of


A sentimental woman will hang
from your feet; as
though these were rocks
she could touch:
once all the blood’s been sucked


The child in each doesn’t belong,
nor ever did; who
would rage, endless
against every door:
behind which stood, the emptiness

©Dean Baker

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The Body Of Politics, The Spirit Of Truth

The body of politics, the spirit of truth
pursued
the corpse of philosophy
in your youth dismissed for sooth
sayers and unheralded news now


Refreshed, all renewed
by the old scarecrow of mortality
a familiar friend and enemy not soon
forgotten by hard partying –
the incipient jester of Alzheimer


Or some other goof
choking out dreams or waste
what remains uncontained no matter
what they or I or you say, or
may wish to do so to any mad hatter, anyway

©Dean Baker

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The F. U. Society Assaults Itself

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Always those who claim to be awake
to the machinations which once claimed
their eyes, specious cretins
simply could not stand the chaotic mess
of their own unholiness finally found
a place each could settle in unafraid
temporarily until the new fashions kick in
describing perspectives sieved out of merde
and disguises for the rich to be bribed
who in former times only would require
the cold hard cash of a world by numbers
now designed by idiots to be so inclusive
everyone’s abandoned the prize
of singularity to assume the podium


Where worship plies its dirty diatribe as
the tools of media raise up
truth as the equivalent of gossip, being
famous equal to significance while minor
deities involved in the exclusive province
of the arts decide each must join
by committee the conversation they had
never started, the followers
of extinction erasing history, denying
who suffered to what degree by opinion, not
informed expansive and learned perspective
in a whirlwind self-made by cowards
each inauthentic each incipiently Stalin
on a merry-go-round ride yelling, I’m not blind

©Dean Baker

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Miracles

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If I was seventeen,
perhaps I could get clean
from my betrayals;
and the dirt,
the traitors have thrown my way


I don’t even feel a certain nostalgia;
the changing time,
passing me by under the light
of streetlamps:
I stop at to study your face

©Dean Baker

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In The Second

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After the decision,
the irrevocable desire
to change your life


You must know:
you cannot settle
for the doubtful honor


Of remaining
merely passive,
a unit among humans


You get up,
and walk away;
leaving all those traps


Coming out unscathed,
fresh,
as if love were just born


And the disordered world,
a clot of blood:
pulsing against this very moment

©Dean Baker

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Mortification

 

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Fuck death, and
the isolation of this little room,
the issue or content of the womb
human flesh, which
burns out like a slow coal


Or gathering icicle
in foreknowledge of the sun,
under which I am the only one:
who disappears, abandoned by
and abandoning everything

©Dean Baker

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When It Comes Down To Blood

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What it came down to in blood
was your blatant hospitality:
I could not stand myself, then.


I was almost ill by the time
the first flush
mounted over me, impatiently.


I think all poets, great and
small, must have weak stomachs
for this: though we go on.


You can’t love everyone. The
physical odds impossibly contend
with what I feel is true.

©Dean Baker

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