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The latest review of DARK EARTH by Dean J. Baker


By gigoid on December 21, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

I read a lot, of poetry, and, well, everything I can find. I’ve now read three of Dean’s books, and can honestly say I know of NO modern writer, still alive, or dead, who writes with such honesty, such power, and, such erudition. He has an innate, deep understanding of human nature, which comes across clearly, in both the simplest, and most complex of his poems… Add in a strong sense of humor and irony, a dash of Reality, a rather curmudgeonly love of people in general, and you have something special, in each one you read….

I’m about half-done with this book; I like to read them and savor…. They’re well worth it. IMLTHO, Dean’s books will someday be required reading for anyone who studies literature, poetry, or, human artistry…..Every one of his books is a bargain, at whatever price you pay….


The Mythologies Of Love, by Dean J. Baker

Dean wrote a book of love poems! “Love”
By Resa mcConaghy on September 15, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
How dreamy, I thought, Dean wrote a book of love poems!
“Love”, it’s so beautiful…..Well, yes! However, perhaps not exactly as I had envisioned. Nonetheless, passion is very evident in these poems. It’s especially noted when I feel distance from the sexuality of love, but want to feel close to it.
Dean doesn’t squander the “love ” word. Yet, I feel puppy dog love eyes. He is the dark horse running with lighter, brighter angels. His view, as always, remains true to his perceptions. Sometimes I understood I was reading in a special language. “Evol Fo Seigolohtym Eht”.
I have a fave poem in this book. “Poem For Ann Marie” & I must mention my second fave “The Market Place”. I won’t tell you why because I really think you should just read them for yourselves.
Yet, another wonderful book of poetry by Dean J. Baker.

©Dean J. Baker

The Mythologies Of Love – 90 pages, $10.99 https://www.createspace.com/4618834



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

and here http://www.amazon.com/Poetry-How-Gets-That-Way/dp/1508737525

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) http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Earth-Dean-J-Baker/dp/150052591X


©The Editors


Silence Louder Than A Train, by Dean J. Baker  

by Mike Steeden

(Available in print & eBook formats from Amazon and from Dean J. Baker’s blog)

The title alone is enough to pique the reader’s interest. Who among us cannot remember a time when silence alone didn’t ring in our ears as loud as thunder?

This anthology by Dean J. Baker is as diverse in style as it is in its subject matter. One of the aspects I liked most was the complete absence of predictability; written in two parts, the author writes of love and its tribulations, of the noble and often not-so-noble aspects of the human condition, of the turmoil of the creative process, and of his views and opinions of life and the people and society about him.

In terms of style, in some of the poems there is only the slightest and almost imperceptible homage to rhyme and alliteration, and yet it’s there nonetheless. In others he simply allows the words themselves to speak their meaning, almost in seeming abandonment of traditional poetic verse and structure – and still it works.

If all the reader is looking for in a poetry anthology are the poetic ramblings of someone trying to impress with their command of language or a gently rolling stream of consciousness then this probably isn’t it; but for poignant and thought provoking insight and new ideas, one would be hard pressed to do better than Dean J. Baker’s ‘Silence Louder Than A Train.’

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

©Dean J. Baker


5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Poets,
This review is from:

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

Format: Kindle Edition

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

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

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



Fat Albert's Outpatient Folk Clinic FAT ALBERT’S OUTPATIENT FOLK CLINIC

By gigoid 

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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