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Poetry. "Dick Bakken's poetry is colored by our geographic patchwork that he constantly travels. The cadences of billboard flash, pop radio love beat, Native American chant, Protestant sermonizing, TV pitches, and the intelligible babble of children all spin like pinwheels in the homemade rhetoric of Bakken's work. In performance, without manuscript or microphone, in his motley of striped pants, fringed jacket, white pointed shoes, and scarlet pearl-buttoned shirt, his image as the half-cracked half- inspired troubadour from the West is complete."—San Francisco Poetry Flash
|Publisher:||Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)|
About the Author
Arizona poet Dick Bakken is the author of the poetry collection, THE WHISKEY EPIPHANIES (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2014), and one of the most dynamic performers of poetry in this country. His readings are intense and mesmerizing. His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and has been recorded on radio and tape. He is a poet in the true oral tradition. At the same time, his poems hold up as well on the page as they do on the stage. But you need to read them with energy. These are not sweet, relaxing poems; not poems for bedtime or for lazing away an afternoon. As Bakken puts it, "The whole of what I am wants to wake people up to word/sound/lyricism—and you just can't do that by putting them to sleep, i.e. making them drift comfortable with so-damn-common pre-American pretense to classiness."