Dean J. Baker
- Poet, Composer, Author
"Dean is a combination of thought and torment that has made him write more than a baker's dozen of fine poems.. he might produce a collection that could astound us all." - Irving Layton
"here, the angels’ work is treason" ©Dean J. Baker
from a review of The Herald:
"This is more in the way of first impressions than a proper review, but I wanted to say something upon reading The Herald through because I was so drawn into the poems’ images and cadences — I thought their ability to imprint their visions in my mind on a first reading was something remarkable. The other aspects that struck me on this first reading in a similar way of standing out and being not necessarily expected were the maleness, the toughness, and the vulnerability that come through the poems, and come through in so many different ways — ways that are both idiosyncratic and rooted in a poetic tradition (so the language is familiar but conveys its own sense). I look forward to reading the collection more thoroughly and exploring the additional layers to the poems and my response to them."
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"When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
People who gauge how good you are, your work, by how popular you are or through with whom you associate, are nervous monkeys dancing on the keys of culture who will never have the slightest idea of depth, richness and true cultural value, especially so for poets. - me
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