Pursuing The Dream… from Silence Louder Than A Train


 

 

 

 

 

 

Go quickly from this page
there is
nothing you will learn here
which was not
already taken from you
and distributed
to the drunken destroyers
of the city, from whose
pillars you so calmly gazed

Beneath the tree
without understanding, you
gave time to their advance
and general retreat
with the spoils
by moving back and forth
as if you could make an exit
or entrance:
like the hanged man dreaming of heaven

©Dean J. Baker

– excerpt from SILENCE LOUDER THAN A TRAIN

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It Expands To Include Us… from All These Being Hinterlands


 

 

 

 

 

My dogs always would sit beside me.
If I was smoking, I’d tap the ash off onto the tops of their heads. Silly dogs.

Another thing. Wanting to see if I could perhaps elicit a carbon yowl, in light
of their heightened sense of smell, I farted on each dog’s head. Nothing happened.
They just sat there with perhaps a greater list to one side, and more productive drool.

Strangely, they all later developed some kind of cancer, and died. Coincidence?

I think not.

New backyard sign: Beware Of Owner, Farts Indiscriminately.

© Dean J. Baker

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Each Happy Being… from Celestial Migrations in The Empire


 

 

 

 

 

Someone broke into my home
last night and took me for granted.
A different kind of robbery, yet
theft nonetheless. You alone now

Would know what is meant
if were not for the happy accident
of claiming possession while being absent
in the realms of those who love nothing they possess.

©Dean J. Baker

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Chronologically… from Provenances And Paroles


 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course there’s no such thing, speaking
chronologically. There’s interruption, the stopped
clock phenomenon where you see differently
than what is actually going on: saccading to
history, for instance.
This would explain all those
instances sweet and good where in a rage they
call for annihilation in order to self-sustain the mechanism
of what only you are allowed to know as true.

The idiocy of fascism, the great crowd determining the realistic.
The martyrs and the saints. But then religion itself
does not claim to envision anything like time foregone.

The event is happening now. Much the same way my cat sits
on my desk studying forever by lamplight, for the
enlightenment: so much for fun and entertainment.

Thus determineth the sacred and the vows. Meow, says
Buddha. Ow, says Christ. Hello, I say to you in celebration
of speech therapy also known as poetry in these ancient days.

©Dean J. Baker

-excerpt from Provenances And Paroles,  91 pages, $12.99, ebook $6.99

cover photo is of Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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FALL… from DARK EARTH


 

 

 

 

 

 

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 love asleep
The aspect of each object incomplete –
Without recurring seasons, none
Escape nor dare not celebrate this evening

©Dean J. Baker

cover photo is of Toronto, Ontario

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Icarus Ambulant


 

 

 

 

 

 

The mountain in hell –
huge, imposing an imprint
upon
landscape and perspective

seen from here, you’re
a small
dot within the confines
of sand and rot

still you climb, looking up
the plateau above
to be your final escape

one landslide away from
victory or fate, tiny
echoes reach toward

as though to provide
inspiration, breathing
lessons no more required

but looking sideways now
sidereal time
earth flat against the sky

you must realize
the vagaries, the situation
as described
the goal and destination aligned

©Dean J. Baker

cover photo is of Lisa, from The Eschatological Dog

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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,
but that’s the trick: look at me, see this or that,
while I’m all ages here and gone again

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 J. Baker

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the cover – All These Being Hinterlands

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 J. Baker

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The Science of Astronomy


 

 

 

 

 

This cannot be all my life comes to,
a clarion call in almost waking; the shout,
get up, get up now
there are things you must do before
the next transition takes its place, this
time is yours, and not a grocery list
of complaints or injustices but the way
neither slip equates to my non-existent
bank account: up, donkey

I hear the yell to wake wondering did
Shakespeare himself gather what he
would from books as well, then from
five centuries on will the poet ache
with reading until almost a half century mark
before the next beginning or art? If by
committee, yes to tepid knowledge.

But hardly in the doing itself. Songs must
sing like Dylan Thomas reciting, or Irving
Layton doing a reading. Poema, poema,
the blood sings through the scars
from which you bleed light having nothing
to do with the science of astronomy, or stars.

©Dean J. Baker

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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 J. Baker

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