Get Along, Little Doggie


In my father’s house you always
had to do the next thing better than last

Praise or good will would not survive
the annihilation of what kept you alive

Were loved for what was accomplished
were tossed aside for perceived wrong

Your duty done and done again by turns:
burn ash, blow wind, oh so silent now world gone

©Dean Baker

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Concussion

Tonight, I can’t tell what the poems say.

I almost gave in. Traded my life for the garbage and bargain of bright lights, and ritual slaughter.
Now, I’ve gone too far. And all the more I was unconvinced.

That’s a quick punch your nerves can’t accept.

Sad contumacy, no song.

*

I make my exit among the back-handed essayists.
We exclaim politely.

We smile like Siamese who realize there are no twins.

The sooner you get over yourself, the sooner you begin.

You know what it means to read, you have no idea what it costs to live this.

©Dean Baker

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Work which illuminates as it informs – a reviving sense of discovery and perspective.’

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Desperate Metaphors, aka Please Eat Me

Certainly, I’m going to expect a measure of upset when I say that the idea of the vaginal monologues caused
all manner of unbidden images to arise.

A small mannish figure standing in front, not yelling ‘ricola’ but ‘Hellooo, helllooo, hellllooo’…. receiving no answer
saying, ‘damn, that’s deep,’ with the last words ‘…eep’ echoing endlessly.

Or three little bears popping out whispering, ‘Shhh, she’s still hibernating.’

Mostly what came to mind with the idea of the talking horn of plenty was ‘ok, who’s the ventriloquist’:
what maroon decided to perversely define themselves by identifying with what colloquially some women refer to as ‘Miss Thing,’ re: Addams Family.

I’m only guessing that one of these images would not endear me to the fierce and rabid.

Conversely, what guy would wish to be defined by a talking cock. Look what happened to Adam when Eve gobbled the apples.

Because you can define a metaphor that seems to work when you’re catering to desperate classes of individuals, indulgence
in doing so reflects a lack of integrity of aptness and significance that is completely obvious when it is caricatured.

You know: like, ‘Baa, baa black sheep, have you any wool, Miss’?

Or, you like flowers too much, hand-puppet. Recall that paper cut up and offered forward with fingers
stuck inside, mouthing ‘wah, wah’ as Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice cries.

That’s your glove: no identifying characteristics, no sense of comfort or love. Just the camouflage of
denial amid a festival of accusation not open to rebuttal.

As if mystifying, something you can’t quite put your finger on.

But who’d settle for that dark penumbra over their heads like a damaged halo or suffocating cover not to protect or alter
anything, but to suffocate any dissent with a limping impediment guaranteed to establish a hindrance to exactly what it claims to desire removal.

An unholy dunce cap more suited to the complainant than the suggested defects of its focus, and in that a distracting
dialogue of broken tongues and cunnilingual displacement evoking the true hunger not named.

You know the last thing you ought to do is clam up like some wounded sea-lion flapping its gums, or Venus on the half shell come true, all silent and dumb.

©Dean Baker

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Work which illuminates as it informs – a reviving sense of discovery and perspective.’

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‘The most unique set of poems I have ever read’

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‘…savagely introspective…’

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‘Northern Cenci’… from Soliloquies Of The Horizons


“Your hair’s the gold that gold can be.”
I forget which Canadian poet said that; ominously wandering, until he became wild and suddenly lucid.

Across this Arctic landscape, you are with me.

*

You stand untouched, beneath the razor blades of trees; private as a fallen leaf, or storm, which none of us can endure.
The intensity so much they must seek shelter.

*

Behind you, the forest vanishes; animals fall back into the camouflage of green.
You are almost here.

*

What will you say when you speak?

©Dean Baker

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Vital, intense and uncompromising – singular in clarity, artistry, and authenticity.’

Work which illuminates as it informs – a reviving sense of discovery and perspective.’

**Dark Earth – ‘Rabelais and Hieronymus Bosch look out of dark chinks in these poems…’

‘The most unique set of poems I have ever read’

**Silence Louder Than A Train – ‘Highly recommended’ ‘..one would be  hard pressed to do better…’

‘…savagely introspective…’

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Some Laboured


Some labored over the obscene
definitions and particulars
when the trapeze artist was not falling
but afloat in the sky Lucretius wrote

the machinations a breeze if Tacitus
ordered, which Cicero then described
but then who to decide
the imporntant, or significunt in a

slack society of drooling chins,
the bribes of the self-deceived
revolving around their own black hole
no longer circumscribed but defined

©Dean Baker

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‘Poetry that is classic and timeless.’

Vital, intense and uncompromising – singular in clarity, artistry, and authenticity.’

Work which illuminates as it informs – a reviving sense of discovery and perspective.’

**Dark Earth – ‘Rabelais and Hieronymus Bosch look out of dark chinks in these poems…’

‘The most unique set of poems I have ever read’

**Silence Louder Than A Train – ‘Highly recommended’ ‘..one would be  hard pressed to do better…’

‘…savagely introspective…’

Dean’s books will someday be required reading…’

©Dean Baker

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