Author Biography: W. B. Baker, Ph.D. conducted his graduate studies at The University of Hawaii and at University College Wales, (U.K.). Distinguished as a Rotary Foundation International Graduate Fellow, he later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and holds an earned Doctorate in Theatre History. His stage and film credits include performances in England, France, and Wales; with past affiliations including BBC Radio Wales, The National Theatre of Wales, The International Festival of University Theatre, along with numerous appearances on television and films by Miramax Pictures, Orion Films, and Universal Pictures. Previously a college professor, the author formerly served as Director of Theatre at Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr Baker's earlier books include Celtic Mythological Influences on American Theatre and The Director's Handbook. Dr. Baker's extensive academic and professional biography is catalogued in Who's Who In The World, and Men of Distinction (Cambridge, England).
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|The Siege at Caerphilly||21|
|Sonnets for Elisa||57|
|I Taught My Father How to Fish||79|
|The Serpent's Left Hand||85|
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A remarkable accomplishment and body of work, displaying the magnificence and depravity of the being of man. Herein lies some of the most superb classical poetry produced within the last half century, a testament to the superlative skill, intuition, and brilliance of the author.
Seldom will one find such high calibre writing, particularly from the ranks of contemporary writers. Reminiscent of the gothic imagery of Edgar Allen Poe, this poet entwines classical style and mythological references with truly inspirational sentiment and theology. In the epic poem, The Serpent´s Left Hand, one is truly horrified by the imagery of Hell, and yet, equally inspired by the sublime grandeur of Heaven. Concurrently, the lasting metaphors presented in The Siege at Caerphilly demonstrate the heights and depths of which the human spirit is capable.
Obligatory reading for any individual who might truly understand the nature of man!
In a beautifully lyrical collection of verse, W. B. Baker explores an extensive diversity of literary motifs. The poet uses syntax and rhythm to powerful effect, conveying emotion through the musicality of language whose enduring imagery lingers in the mind long after reading. With masterful ease, each succeeding composition sweeps the reader into an exhilaration of ascending and descending emotional environments; from the indiscriminate carnage and utter futility of warfare in The Siege at Caerphilly, to passionate sentiments of love in Sonnets for Elisa, to a sinister, disturbingly vivid conception of Hell in The Serpent¿s Left Hand.
Particularly memorable are the scenes of slaughter and bloodshed, which perhaps support the Aristotelian perception that what is best in literature often springs from what is worst in life. Beautiful writing and moving sentiments, whose affecting and enduring images appeal to the most majestic and basest nature of us all.
- New Millennium Publishing
Throughout this slender yet profound volume of verse, the author presents shimmering vignettes of heroic and mundane motifs, transmogrified by the lyrical language of bard and poet. Syntax and rhythm combine to convey impressionist harmony in a palate of emotions that range from indiscriminate war carnage to sentimental love sonnets, and from the vivid flashing of hell to sublime familial bonds. Enduring imagery undergirds each succeeding work as the author¿s skill and art speak to our emotions. In a style that draws from the full, rich well of old language, the poet conveys us into a world that appears, at first, to be but half remembered. The beauty of the writing and the depth of the emotion open a landscape that continues to uphold us even at the dawn of this new millennium. We stop, think, and indeed do fully remember that these enduring images come from the human soul.
- Dr. Daniel P. Larson, President
Cayuga/State University Of New York