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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Lines Toward A New Language


Abandon the notion of style
that categories have more to say
that significance is engrained

the predominance of schoolyard
bullies, writing recognizable
the Breck girls’ chorus of vengeance regrets

not at all corrupt supporting
the least
similarity in structure and the stuttering

since all these dogs remain philosophers
desiring true believers, no brains
just blurbs manufactured by paid liars

the bribes publication, the tribe
writers following fashionably
the weave of experienced deceit

echoing, echoing not a sound
familiar flesh has not dropped
down just spread itself around for

the cannibal feast to celebrate
yet soon enough
bones grind like crisp fallen leaves

as each crackles it breaks
dust and ashes again
verisimilitude the same

language returns the liberty
each pretty fire a pleasant heat, which
colorful flames make of the defeat

©Dean Baker

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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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Camouflage


Roadmaps for what counts don’t exist
but you can manage your minor doomed
to failure attempt with tattoos –
one dimensional permanency as if the real thing,
was not torn off skin and doubt yet
but that’s the trick: look at me, see this or that

Walking the leaf-littered road in Fall, pushing
through the snow drifts detained by dark
in deep February with owl eyes somewhere
beheld: that time this moment sure as all
hell breaks loose, cracks upon the bell where
loneliness permanent as sky’s dandruff

Drifts down like stars afloat the upside,
a complement to melodies still within the throat,
my skin brittle with scents and thyme:
no question will I lift or rise, am I then to be
forgiven what I love or despise, when all is a
camouflage so bright it outshines these clothes

©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…’

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Winter Walk


When I step onto the crispy snow sunlight
breaks into crystals that glow, neither
slicing nor razoring the boots of old leather
striding across the geometric constellation
of days grown brighter with the promise incurred

while my companion at times now leaps, now
stops to investigate spots in fits and starts
discovering hidden mice she snuffles outward
and high, alien camouflage
she swallows after a toss upwards, a canine

juggler altering cosmos and destinies entwined,
while evening rises from the unheld shadows:
no place marked except by the disappearing dog,
when wind whips the powdery air through
my bundled clothes and hair in another arrangement

©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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Celestials


Philosophers posing as poets
prescribe, invite through
what they describe

Poets doing their work
won’t solicit
but elicit the fire and fight

The thin philosophes
abandon you outside
as much to say Imagine dat

You sit there saying
do your own job
I did not come here to apply

Your skeletons rattle
your bones shatter
your groan is a misshapen lie

What I want to know is
what matters
when there’s an absence of sky

©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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