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.

Poems

What People are Saying

"I was surprised how attached I got to my poems. I've had "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" memorized since my sophomore year, and whenever I get nervous or anxious about something I recite it to myself. "
Sarah Calvin-Stupfel
2018 OR POL Champ