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Treatise on Touch

Treatise on Touch

by David Baker

Arc International Poets series

Treatise on Touch is a selection from all six of American poet David Baker's seven collections of poetry to date, all of which have met with critical acclaim in the US.

Full of the most exquisite descriptions of the natural world alongside equally detailed observations of the human condition, this collection is lyric poetry at its best. David Baker is one more voice from America that will make itself heard with increasing force in British literary circles.

Baker writes with the distilled, distinguished attentiveness only the finest poets reliably command.

Linda Gregerson

...at the heart of this lyrical energy is a singular love. ... a single love poem to one woman: an extended poem sprinkled and dispersed throughout most of the other poems. ... there are not many poets who spend a deal of time working in academia who are as free from its influence as David Baker.

William Oxley, Stride Magazine, March 2007

David Baker's eye on nature is unblinking, and his observations delicate and accurate, but his eye on human intimacies and interactions is just as clear. For me, he is the most expansive and moving poet to come out of the American Midwest since James Wright.

Maralyn Hacker

David Baker has given us a work of rare skill and beauty... [He] gives us the world in all its beautiful and often difficult complexity, knowing the truth - the real truth - is never simple.

Ted Genoways, Boston Book Review

Paperback
146 pages

ISBN-10: 1-900072-95-5
ISBN-13: 978-1900072-95-3
Published February 2007