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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‘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?

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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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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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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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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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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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