Cannibal


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You’re away from me.
For a short while,
I object

I find it harder
to eat, and be kind:
those smiles more

Meaningless, I guess -
unless
what you have is mine

© Dean J. Baker

- from my forthcoming book, Measuring Gravity By Grace, Poems 1970-1980, Volume One

The accompanying volume, Our Geographies, Poems 1970-1980, Volume Two will be published simultaneously

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Dignity


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When my cat comes to lie along the blanket
stretched across both my legs, she offers
no squeak of indignity when I behave
in an unexpected manner, but stands then walks
away, her bull’s-eye showing blatantly

O what does that mean getting up so
suddenly, the last thing seen of her
that round O, the tail above an exclamation
mark more eloquent than anything she
or I have to say about it all – no judgment

A silent pause and pondering, the disclaimer
in the face of mortality stating Here is
my back end Or, it spins like a hypnotherapy
wheel unpleasant as it appears: ignore it
at your imminent peril, peasant fool

Hoping I will give in and rush to approval,
or I am leaving this ass for you to witness,
what I give, what’s deserved for not worshipping
this: the mystery, my beauty and my halo, o who
is the god of cats leaving my dignity in ruins

© Dean J. Baker

- from a soon forthcoming book

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Accepting The Challenge


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It’s not meant to be an old trick. I
found myself, finding
you.
No formula for words to please.

You cannot heal the deaf god.
Consult the lists
of dialog,
obituary notices your spirit keeps.

I came to it broken,
a full stop:
never knowing there already was
no avenue of retreat.

 

© Dean J. Baker

- from The Eschatological Dog – dedicated to Irving Layton, Levon H., Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield

first appeared in Descant

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Paper Cancer


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I’m dying of a paper cancer, folded
smaller by the night; the
envelope of sky no address
you can find me by in the cold
stars that burn –
the old way no one’s ever been:
and lived to tell except through change,
the ceaseless unforgiving motion rearranges

But damn this contrary maze, that
does not allow recognition
of paralysis due to denial and desire;
dampening, then fueling every fire
toward the one I most hunger for – sabotage
requires no other device than this
sin of omission: dividing myself,
from the knowledge to which I aspire

© Dean J. Baker

- from my forthcoming book

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Abandoned To The Beyond


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God’s a failure in your heaven, which
is never more than lacking imagination;
the catalogue of everything material you
can accumulate now: this museum
of treasures lost and found where pleasure
builds its palaces in the unending orgasmic
seizure no architect could contrive
anything but observe without achievement

The trappings of paradise embalmed, our
conceptuality enshrined by sterile mind; only now
colors blanched into a false intimacy, emotions
tantamount to a sacrificial shout of joy foretold
through the silence nothing delivers or retrieves,
yet limits to a reach which is not foregone, these
attempts to hold by means of psalms:
what may be met when it is not abandoned to the beyond

 

© Dean J. Baker

- from Of Flesh Sculptures And Abandoned Love

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Fall


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I love the odor of decaying leaves;
The smell of death, the scent of grief:
In every hue and color
A widow’s wrist, thin and brief

The absence that I feel in everything
Dear friends gone, amid
The fog through the streets
The nip of a winter winding-sheet

The spirit of our live asleep
The aspect of each object incomplete
Without recurring seasons, none
Escape nor dare not celebrate this evening

© Dean J. Baker

- from DARK EARTH

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The Traitor Within


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The ordinary human event -
passing probably unnoticed
went with intervals of laughter:
one more suicide since

Strip the grafts of skin,
pick flesh bare to bones;
leave the eyes staring inward,
wave that shaft of stone

Damaged beyond repair, still
everything done is failed, or fair;
unwrapping the gift again:
the dark heart a plum you pluck at will

 

© Dean J. Baker

- from THE LOST NEIGHBORHOOD

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