Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

Gypsy Bars, back alleys and one way streets

by jhon baker

Gypsy Bars, back alleys and one way streets.

October 30, 2011

Gypsy Bars, back alleys and one way streets

by jhon baker

Here it is – a day early – published by the fine folks at Free Penny Press…

gypsy bars, back alleys and one way streets

You can also find it here.

Print out a copy for you, print an extra one or two for someone else that you may well randomly give them without knowing who the fuck they are.

This chapbook is a team effort of Lynne Hayes – editor, Micael Chadwick- Cover artist – and myself, poet. All of these three people are excellent poets and their links can be found here…


Lynne Hayes

Micael Chadwick, Micael Chadwick

If you get the chance – please light a candle for MC as he is in the Hospital battling for his life and freedom.

October 26, 2011

from the vaults

by jhon baker

thoughts on midnight and the secret hero in 8 versions




piles of unpublished poetry

and I feel like Emily D.

except there is no song to these



most of the verse written years

ago in a 3rd floor walk-up

an hour out from Chicago

when there was less between us

and moments were ours

without our knowledge or

at least without yours



if this world was my will

or my idea – this

wouldn’t exist

and maybe never get written


even at 124 MPH across Colorado

before Denver



these aren’t poems

nor one o’clock moments

of clarity

they are sleepless induced

narcotic psychotropic



I casually wish I still drank



right now

time is passing

but not without memory

and as I cannot say it is painful

you cannot call it hospitable either



secret hero of my poetry

where have you gone

what have you been thinking


I cannot question now

as I cannot cope with the answer




some kind of monster

and I cannot even look in the mirror

around corners

or close my eyes



this is not a poor film

tho we all wish it were


–        10/21/2008 nearing 1 am

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October 24, 2011

thought for the day

by jhon baker

When you limit yourself to what you expect you will cease to be creative or interesting.

Something besides Halloween is coming on the 31st. Don’t be left out.

October 23, 2011

Midnight and I write from my new phone

by jhon baker

I’ve done a number of things with my new phone
Except write a poem or make/take a phone call.

It’s only a matter of time…

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