I offer you my hand: you swing
the axe faster than the eye can see

I tell you my love: you wish
me well with these labors in hell

I proffer gifts wise men do not bring:
you refuse permission of such bribes

I kneel down beside you: without enmity,
or attack, you pat me on the back

I accede to your lack of humanity:
you feel my politics are not Third World

I wonder where you find yourself: we
sing and stare, the bare moon our ornament

I know you are there as well: hiding
behind the True, the Good, the Beautiful

“This author’s mastery in posing challenging questions by default is a rare skill. A superb set of poems I would recommend to any potential reader of modern poetry seeking out the works of a poet, who has no fear; who never pulls a punch or flinches from one circumstance has thrown his way. He simply commits the event to words.”

“Those in or out of ‘love’ will find much to identify with here.

“There are the general accepted thoughts of love and its antecedents, and then there are these fine poems which give us through their ironic delight in what might be oppressing another appreciation for both poetry and the messages conveyed through its medium.Not your parents, or their parents’ poetry, these works, distilling through a loving awareness of great literature and its medium, the newer dimensions not previously available through such manner of thoughts and expression.

As with his previous books, Silence Louder Than A Train, and The Lost Neighborhood – along with such masterworks as Dark Earth, The Eschatological Dog, the volumes of early poetry in Measuring Gravity By Grace, and Our Geographies, Dean J. Baker’s poetry succeeds beyond hope in transcending the limits of abstract poetry (which it is not), and conventional literature. Something new, different, and great.”


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