The Violent Sheep


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Curiously the beheader does not rage and foam, how
that figure dressed in black robes and new leather
goes on about his business, contained – both appearing
clean and washed of filth and grime, almost
new born, the script of course of flesh and bone, always
owed by someone, the debt unpaid to be exacted
with a sample of what’s to be multiplied, no harm

Meant in the message, that we are not alive in his
world, then see how softly, how clear to tender
he lifts his sacrifice by the chin, a touch upwards
as the knife slides across the throat, quartering lines:
the model of clarity in this deft parody in the garden
of butchery and goats, the violent sheep gather
for slaughter while across the world all the clocks run backwards

© Dean J. Baker

- from a forthcoming book

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The P.C. Eats My Brain


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The P.C. eats my brain,
the corpses in the living-room
nod awake: another nerve expires.

I do not complain.
Such fantasies of doom
fail to aid the other liars.

You think you are satisfied
with what’s electric; your city
friends, and their mutual hatred.

This is no more than
speculation:
few rise to it, though you try.

Pull back the covers: even
your skeleton
stays cold and still and naked.

© Dean J. Baker

- from a forthcoming book

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Transparent


 

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What I do with my days seems to have
nothing to do with poetry
let me rephrase that
What I accomplish with my time appears
disassociated from the poems
I have written and yet will write

I do not take my time, and apportion it
I do not say, today, like every day
I will wonder if I’ll die and speculate
endlessly on variations
regarding how quickly or will I know

I do not say hello to old friends who
may very well be dead and listening in
I do not confess to anything
I am aware of my intent nothing’s hidden
I do wonder if it will be in April

During the rainy weather, cheating me
of Spring and the sight of women
having shed their buffalo-skin coats
Or maybe in Summer before I can learn
that I really have no opinion of Winter

And if it might occur during the Fall
where the outside world gets ready
to shut down, surprised again that
this is just an idea not the reality
of light taking flight southward bound

Then at least I doubt whether I’ll
be preoccupied with dying, or how
the bills get paid or will there be
an end to spare change
no more in dent to the notion of eternity

And I remember this is the place
here is the time this belongs to us each one
this conspiracy of compromise
where together we pretend that we don’t know
how things got this way, how they remain

How our lies maintain a comfort
why we want everyone else to live naturally
so we can mourn and celebrate
what’s inescapable, standing still
and quiet, where there exists no invisibility

© Dean J. Baker

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Measuring Gravity With Grace


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This is not my life or destiny, I have
not been breathing my gratitude to become

Invisible among those who are themselves so
transparent that I can

See through to the other side where a figure
stands now proclaiming the virtue

Of his identity with solemn vows and meanings
whose significance escapes me even now

As I search no longer for the mystery
nor attempt to measure gravity with grace

© Dean J. Baker

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One Small Bluebird


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Surely you know by now that desire
which led you astray, which offered
nothing but the idea of desire, the vain hope
for an aching fulfillment, was only
the misconstrued knowledge you believed
required you to find yourself, maliciously

Where you had been hiding
on some island, there it’s always warm -
when you could have the dream of you
never awakened, knowing fully
abandonment was no longer a mystery, nor
some miracle about to unfold

Into an even more perfect hallucination
that you had not felt this way, not even
fallen for the false gods of vindictiveness
only that whoever they were and had become -
the barbarians – it was neither
your concern nor your job to allow entry

To become haunted as you worship
some phony god of misery by repeating
whatever mistakes or errors made by them
when finally honest again
you can dispense with agony and shame
allowing that one small bluebird
a honored place upon your shoulder, looking
out on the vision not feared but embraced

© Dean J. Baker

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The Eschatological Dog


 

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The new book of poetry and prose poems available next week in paperback

The Eschatological Dog – is available now in ebook here –

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© Dean J. Baker

 

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Drinking Hemlock


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I shall not grow old,
into decrepit loneliness; nor
the thousand
plagues upon the way.

I shall not become
the bed-ridden ghost; of
hopes and wishes, now
no more than sediment.

Boredom will not be
given the chance to tick
my life from between the seconds:
I would rather vanish.

Because I know what I want
I shall not become a puppeteer;
dangling like a jock,
amid the gossip of compromise.

My self-respect, consists
in getting what I want;
no more than this:
I shall die one death.

© Dean J. Baker

- excerpt from my forthcoming book, The Eschatological Dog

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My new book, The Eschatological Dog, ought to be published next week. I will excerpt one poem every few days or so until then. After that, I’ll be busy with other work – more poems?- that’s what the books are for..

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