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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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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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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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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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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Niagara

What your mind may tell you is
you’re swimming
skimming above the waves, butterfly
back stitching until the sky
not only embraces but saves and defines

above the underworld of silt-filled
overturned disorientation, you’re
okay, breathing
through prehistoric lungs, gills
slapping closed and open again, benign

body one more shipwreck,
flakes appearing out of nowhere
aligning light and shadow: a
Niagara Falls of synapses and neurons
firing with the brakes on into the unknown

©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…

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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…’

©Dean Baker

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