First Day


In this horror show holocaust, wherein
nightscapes arise to haunt in unspoken rage
the carnival cruise control breaks and familiar
torment takes the stage to twist and turn
with every ache, inflate in panic
which exaggerates the waste blown up

In hate and disgust, absent any affection
displayed in the hollow of lust, I pay
for lessons unlearned easy once, minus
straight A’s or any other false praise or distrust:
my mistake the focus on dirt as though
to satisfy ghosts on the seriousness

Where gone and awake prove worth in any
place not listening to value, I affect
betrayal, or forget whatever nonsense
disturbs my universe: as grace comes alive
each song echoes the untraveled worlds, and
I, at last unborn, cast eyes anointed with pearls

©Dean Baker

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

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As Always, I Am


Oh, you’re so quick
to pick up on the new
culture pimples
black white orange
men women (sorry:
missing the geezers)
referencing
yourself out of existence
as though everybody’s
a blank canvas
looking for a boost up
snakes
and ladders again, but
all what they appear
right
the vocular crimp
the manufactured limp
it’s all bullshit
just get on with the job
your requirement
for perfection
as closely as possible
another lie
to deconstruct
the foreseeable
pats on the back, or badges
safe places
guaranteed by committee
official or not
nothing to do with what
you must
accomplish alone
the inevitable
as always, I am
yours

©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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‘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…’

Dean’s books will someday be required reading…’

©Dean Baker

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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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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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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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