Beautifully sketched, wide-ranging, and intensely focused…
Intimate and sweeping at once, Baker’s marvelous latest, a collection of twenty poems, is a reflection on love, life, death, and nature of the universe. In wide-ranging, long-lined, critical, and at times dark poems, Baker reckons with meaning of life, death, cosmic energies, nature, the relationship between gods and human, and communism among others, as he writes: “Guitar sounded more/ Noir than ever,/ My eardrums pound loud,/ And all is/ Quiet again./ (I think I made you baseless inside My head.).” Baker’s expert use of form and evocative vision make “The Mountains” both affecting and memorable: “I’m walking around the/ Town of mountains where/ All the/ poets went to die.” Profoundly deep and reflective, each piece dizzies with imagination, with critical poise and stunning imagery on resounding display: “Whether I am expressing/ Myself like white flowers/ That tower and topple into/ Blue mussels clumped/ Together like bulbs,/ I will forever be a blue.” A variety of themes give this collection impressive variation. Deeply poignant and wonderfully subjective, the collection comes out as deeply personal despite its exploration of various themes. Baker is an author to watch.
The White Colossus
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