First blog post on Writings Of Dean Baker – New writing, excerpts from published books

First non post of my new blog featuring work in progress – along with excerpts from my already published books; designed to encourage book buyers to get to know and enjoy my work more.

Not welcome: tools who simply click, to follow.. to engage others to follow their blogs. Or those saying ‘you’re on my list.’ From experience that list is still growing without any book purchases. Go elsewhere, digital hamsters.

In other words,  supportive readers are encouraged who understand they get what they pay for; not those who equate a twitch of the finger into a ‘click‘ as though this latent Mother Teresa pathology was actual support. I suggest they require payment for their labors in applause and see how well that translates at the next cashier.

Although I know that the greater the number of ‘followers’ the greater reach of the blog, I have never equated popularity with good, or original work. More especially so these days.

The quality of that apparent work deteriorates with the profusion of blogs per day littering the landscape with the confetti of purported poems: cheapening our emotions, degrading our vision, and leading to a widespread disgust with the modern values of the widespread so-called poetry.

Which then appears to be possibly about anything from the fingernail clippings being equated with half moon desolate landscapes of inner turmoil to mild-mannered non-entities sweeping the detritus of their effluvial experiences into forms resembling verse. Chuckleheads.

Of course leading faster and further into an abysmal morass of sludgy philosophy, equally self-indulgent opinions:  an uninformed descent turning the actual and real beauty of literature into the more common representation today of Shiterature.

The work here will be what you don’t see in other blogs, or books; appealing to those who want to read what isn’t said or seen by others in their neuroses to be different by having the same ‘thoughts’ or ‘visions.’

I believe if you’re an actual poet you’re wired into the world and more in ways not possible to be attributed to the act of assuming a position as a poet in the world, however recognized and applauded by others of the same nature.

I want this to be a shared project between us; me writing, and you reading then buying my books: both transformed by real action.

© Dean Baker

My Books In Print

My Poetry Ebooks

Great Review of DARK EARTH

Some reviews of my books

Literary Publications

Those who don’t buy my books have Van Gogh’s ear for music

<- 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, influence and in changing perspective alter those same events and deeds.
Find out more in this treatise more sociologically descriptive than academically oriented.

 

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