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Review of THE ESCHATOLOGICAL DOG by Dean J. Baker

There is no escape like reading! What about reading about what one may …
By Resa mcConaghy on August 8, 2015
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Delightful? A few poems are. Poignant they all remain, & dog me.
With his one-of-a-kind poetry style, Dean trains his unique eye on the end of the world, or of humankind, death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming & Judgment.
There is no escape like reading! What about reading about what one may never escape from? Dean’s words took me into that darkening day. He used the color of meaning to paint the way. Yet, I never felt like running from it. I wanted to remain, to hear what the poet, writer, musician had to say about the decay, and mores.
Dean’s words string true, even if they bite you. Might as well face the music he presents, it feels healthy. Dog is God backwards, but I have a feeling Dean knew this when tempting us with his title. So, be tempted! It is a book worth reading.

©Dean J. Baker

The Eschatological Dog – 150 pages

Poetry & How It Gets That Way

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Discovering The Magic of ‘Poetry & How It Gets That Way’ by Dean J. Baker

This book ought to be a must for all students, teachers, and practitioners of literature, and other involved disciplines.

The page describing the book begins with the statement ‘ Poetry has been an essential art in history and is in danger of being trivialized into extinction’ which is intriguing in and of itself.

Associations with occurrences in the 1950’s in regards to the Beat poets are alluded to with conjunctions between those writers and the germination of events in the 1960’s, along with writers who passed under the radar of the greater public who yet influenced those with the greatest influence in writing and music, and who still exert that influence.

A unique perspective, a greatly enjoyable book; one whose pages you will turn eager to experience the next of the writer’s observances: something to keep you aware of those things unspoken, to become more conscious of this, and thus of the ‘poetry’ that is written, what is absent, and how bridging the gap has and always will be the unpredictable work of genius.

This is the description taken from Dean J. Baker’s WordPress site…

Poetry has been an essential art in history and is in danger of being trivialized into extinction. Several seminal events in recent literary history are detailed in illustrating how poetry is not merely an adjunct to history and culture but can elucidate and influence those same events and deeds.

..sociological and psychological conjunctions, some poets/writers who need to be read…

A brief sociological and personal perspective with quick references to a few great writers (Henry Miller, etc.) and poets (Mark Strand, Allen Ginsberg, Stephen Dunn, etc.), their place as seen in general, how any cultural determination can be thrown off, and how this affects poetry in regards to its place in society and what is written about.

Brief personal references to Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen‘s teacher, how Allen Ginsberg is characterized by Dinesh D’Souza in his book America, and how a simplistic view as such ( i.e. his gayness equated with befuddlement to score points with Christians) a purported basic reference can be utilized against poets, writers, etc.

And much more besides….

The book may be found here:  Poetry & How It Gets That Way

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In our opinion, seeing as the ebook has been reduced this past week from 5.99 to 1.99, and now sits at 3.99, even though it is a gem for the 5.99 ebook, or 8.99 for print, on an increasing scale of returning to its original price of 5.99 for the ebook, the 3.99 price is a steal.

This book ought to be a must for all students, teachers, and practitioners of literature, and other involved disciplines.


Readers’ Comments on ‘Dark Earth’ by Dean J. Baker

“….Rabelais and Hieronymus Bosch look out of dark chinks in these poems… “

“..never have I experienced poems in this form, they get under your skin, and occupy your entire being . His mastery of putting the English language to work for him, to bring to life his thoughts and what he wants to project is amazing.”

“You can certainly become a poetry lover by reading Dark Earth..”

“Having read Dark Earth by Dean J Baker my first reaction is WOW. This was written for me. His poetry speaks to me deep down in my soul. The style of writing then the naming of the poems is so on target. A must read for poetry lovers AND all who just love to read.”

“That, my friends, in one succinct movement is the Grotesque Sublime: “the posthumous twitching / of cynics en masse”. ….Rabelais and Hieronymus Bosch look out of dark chinks in these poems… instead of Emerson’s “Whim” above Dean’s lintel we might assume “Melancholy” resides here… that dark brooding that laughs below, and rises through the bones to jerk you awake from your too lazy sleep of existence.”

Now, who wouldn’t eagerly want to discover the book that inspired these, and many other, quotes.

Dark Earth (list 12.99)

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Review of SILENCE LOUDER THAN A TRAIN, by Dean J. Baker


Among some of the blogs I follow is that of Dean J. Baker, and having read and often enjoyed a lot of his work (though not always fully appreciated, often having to read through previous comments for some of the meaning – my understanding and appreciation of poetry still being somewhat limited), I thought I’d jump in at the deep end read/review his book, ‘Silence Louder Than A Train’, for no other reasons than the title and liking the cover (possibly something to do with working in the railway industry – I know, totally illogical, and no, the book has nothing to do with trains or the railway). Whilst still being no expert, I did nonetheless enjoy it for the greater part.

Silence Louder Than A Train 102 pages

“A bold and refreshing approach to modern poetry, one that breaks the rules when necessary and yet conforms when it suites. Highly recommended…
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©Dean J. Baker


5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Poets,
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The Lost Neighborhood   “Required reading for anyone wanting to learn about wit, wordplay, and good, gritty writing in general. Dean Baker knows how to turn a phrase upside down and kick it full strength out the door. Five stars, and here’s to many more…”

5.0 out of 5 stars

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What more powerful a statement can a poet express than “the word is not the thing,” one of Baker’s titles. This alone points to the depth of the hand that scribes words that point, words that depict, words that make real, what we all feel.

5.0 out of 5 stars

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I delved into worlds lost on simple eyes with words Dean J Baker used and formed to describe people, places, and emotions felt somewhere between reality and perspective. So many different interpretations of the world around us created in just a few words. I really enjoyed the poetry found inside The Lost Neighborhood and look forward to reading more of the authors works.

©Dean J. Baker



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Acid wit, deep insight, humor, powerful metaphor, intelligence…. A smooth ride on a bumpy road, with side trips into unseen hollows of the human experience…. What else do you need to know? An excellent read, worth sharing far and wide… More, please….

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©Dean J. Baker


5.0 out of 5 stars  – A very fine collection of poems indeed!

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The Mythologies Of Love

Dean Baker’s book The Mythologies of Love is savagely introspective yet as with his previous collection of poetry, Silence Louder Than A Train, refrains from the tedium of the confessional. The reader is left with an insight into what makes this poet ‘tick’ and a hint, through fine subliminal triggers as to his world view.

These things are all there yet one must not forget that the collection pays heed to the book title throughout – in short it does what it says on the tin (a hackneyed phrase I know).

Also, 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.