David Baker

b. 1954
David Baker

David Baker is the author of five books of poetry, including Changeable Thunder and The Truth About Small Towns. Though his poems convey a keen sense of place—usually the rural Midwest—Baker’s insights into families and communities give his work a universal ring. His work explores human contradictions, such as man’s capacity for both love and cruelty. He is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.


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