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Author: BAKER, DAVID
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Baker, David    Poet's Biography
55 poems available by this author


8-BALL AT THE TWILITE    Poem Text    
First Line: The team of budweiser horses
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Popular Culture - United States; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


ABANDONED BARN    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone's left the heavy door ajar
Subject(s): Barns


AFTERWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: A short ride in the van, then the eight of us
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


BREATHING IN    Poem Text    
First Line: A man under water
Subject(s): Drowning


CAR WASH AT THE MALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Even mud makes a halo of a steaning, still body
Last Line: With a thirst so profound it brings joy
Subject(s): Automobiles Service Stations


CHARMING    Poem Text    
First Line: The remnant industry of a dying town's itself
Subject(s): City & Town Life


DEJECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is warm, the sky is clear
Subject(s): Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


DUST TO DUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Footfalls on the brickwork road many fathers laid
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: It was midday before we noticed it was morning
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


FLOOD SERMON    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night, we got up, surely half the town
Last Line: That the world was leass good than it was bad
Subject(s): Floods; City & Town Life


FORCED BLOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Such pleasure one needs to make for oneself
Last Line: You smellthe wild scent all day on your hand
Subject(s): Flowers; Love Erotic


FORCED BLOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Such pleasure one needs to make for oneself.
Subject(s): Flowers


HEAVENLY    Poem Text    
First Line: They are potted at night, pink, and packed with
Last Line: From michigan quarterly review
Subject(s): Flowers; Religion; Spirituality; Theology


HOLDING KATHERINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us look up tonight where the white trees surround us
Subject(s): Togetherness


HOLIDAY BUNTING    Poem Text    
First Line: He has handled the new piece like a stone
Last Line: And all gone by morning, banner, noise, bird
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Wood; Work; Workers


HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Again the time has come to take our morning walk
Last Line: In time we'll let it lead us home again
Subject(s): Home


HUMBLE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the lawn is cramped with hydrangeas
Last Line: Worm and mole, creeper and clod, humus, loam
Subject(s): Houses


HYPER-    Poem Text    
First Line: Then a stillness descended the blue hills.
Subject(s): Sickness; Teenagers; Illness


MERCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Small flames afloat in a blue duskfall, beneath trees
Last Line: Death after death, around the far, awakening bend
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


MIDWEST: ODE; IN MEMORIAM WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: You could believe a life so plain it means
Last Line: Business end of a dollar in their hands
Subject(s): Ohio


MONGREL HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Up the dog bounds to the window, baying
Subject(s): Family Life; Dogs; Relatives


MURDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Language must suffice
Subject(s): Love; Loss; Poetry & Poets


MUSHROOMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Once again, the sun cool in the half-light of trees
Last Line: Even now as you step on one, a dozen more come into focus
Subject(s): Mushrooms; Morels


NEIGHBORS IN OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: All afternoon his tractor pulls a wagon
Last Line: Bagging gold for the cold days to come
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


OLD MAN THROWING A BALL    Poem Text    
First Line: He is tight at first, stiff, stands there atilt
Subject(s): Old Age; Dogs; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


PATRIOTICS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Yesterday a little girl got slapped to death by her daddy
Subject(s): United States; Patriotism; Death; America; Dead, The


POSTMODERNISM    Poem Text    
First Line: The scene you loathe, the sheer fervor, the speed
Last Line: And now even your pity is worthless
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


PULP FICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: You want more? You want some more of this shit?
Last Line: The knife, you understand, is real. The knife is mine
Subject(s): Flowers; Nature


RED SHIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: Only here through the clear lens of language, and under


ROMANTICISM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is to emerson I have turned now
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882); Death - Wives; Loss; Corpses; Cadavers


SAINTS' POPPIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere there are weeds beside the long road
Subject(s): Poppies


SKATING POND    Poem Text    
First Line: First, a fire. Father would bring the wood and stack it
Last Line: And seen the story of a joy no cbild, n o man, could ever repeat
Subject(s): Farm Life; Skating & Skaters


SONNETS FROM ONE STATE WEST: 2. SUNBATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: My neighbor's new store-bought dog yaps again
Last Line: Quickly enough on their own sweet time
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


STARLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight I skate on adult ankles across the blue pond
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters


STILL-HILDRETH SANATORIUM, 1936    Poem Text    
First Line: When she wasn't on rounds she was counting
Last Line: Lift like a good child my face to be kissed
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


STROKE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the lilac light, in the lengthening pulse of a sorrow
Last Line: Singing through the stream on its way to the brain
Subject(s): Stroke


SUNBATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: My neighbor's new store-bought dog yaps again
Subject(s): Dogs; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


TAXI AFTER AN EVENING SHOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: This man saying no no
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THE AFFAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Then the long fencerow, that years ago had
Subject(s): Love Affairs; Parting; Loss


THE BLUE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Heron is gray, not blue, but great enough
Subject(s): Herons


THE CITY OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Now we knelt beside
Subject(s): Deer


THE COUPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Day after day their deep love sofens
Last Line: Weeping. Song. They are so much alike, after all
Subject(s): Love Nature Of; Togetherness


THE DEER    Poem Text    
First Line: How long did we watch? How long did those
Last Line: Until our will to love was also our power to kill
Subject(s): Nature


THE EXTINCTION OF THE DINOSAURS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much time? The old guys playing cribbage
Subject(s): Mortality


THE FEAST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The moon tonight is
Subject(s): Breast Cancer


THE FIRST PERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: What I wanted seemed little enough at the time
Subject(s): Loss


THE MIMOSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Days and nights the dull metallic / hammer of welders' work
Last Line: The night is starting to burn and to bloom
Variant Title(s): The Mimosa:
Subject(s): Summer; Trees; Water


THE PURITAN WAY OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: How hard this life is hallowed by the body
Last Line: She reminds us always of this death, this life, which is redundant, awful, endless, and ours
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


THE RAINBOW    Poem Text    
First Line: If things were worse, this cursed rain
Subject(s): Sewall, Samuel (1652-1730); Religion; Weather; Theology


THE SPRING EPHEMERALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here she comes with her face to be kissed
Subject(s): Spring; Love


THE SUPERNATURAL: A LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Heat and haze. The granular frayed-ends of late night
Subject(s): Love


THE TRUTH ABOUT SMALL TOWNS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Cities And Towns


THE WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The women are gathered at the back porch sink
Subject(s): Women


THE YARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Bunchgrass or the months-dry wheat
Last Line: And the fragrance outside turns to fruit to do again
Subject(s): Nature


TREES BESIDE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Stag- / headed elders, the book
Last Line: Pressed in the book
Subject(s): Trees