author of my own cliché, descending
a slick timeworn bannister.
holding on by a string, less than a string, to which
a mournful, soft gust could tear connection to
the larger web, tangle
of charred deception
of hostile premature maturity
of post mortem for youth before life
of forcefed malodorous preconception.
a mournful, soft gust that were it to alter course,
upends root from host,
reveals primary cause, or
splatters ancillary effect, latter
to be self evident upon discovery.
irreversible finale, not grand- last thread of
the overcast prism, sow's purse of silken ear.
ear that never heard.
ear deaf to that missed in closing credits.
a mournful, soft gust lopes onto the bloody canvas.
any hope that was, lost
to fateful insinuation. perhaps
to coincidental fate, clinging
to the ornate web i wove, sailing atop
silent wings of fly by night to
another's aura on the nape of sour breaths.
none, no hope, had ever been found in
the stuttering tripe.
i, me- author of cliché
bleeding intractable self pity,
parched for serotonin or
a best left unenunciated offramp.
counting the ways to
leave this city
right where she found me
so as to quiet us both into
a false sense of security.
the closing horizon's lullaby
to back-alley self-deceit,
unprepared to jump the train
until spikes & ties
issue the platitude, as if
it were some challenge or dare.
ashes to dust, if only to save time.
bloated santa ana blows
a mournful, soft gust thru still, broken night.
dystopic epiphany birthing its dream
under corrupt searchlight
ensuring graphic detail
of even vaguest blur. waking to
reality, truth duplicitously harsh,
despite rainbow packaging, eventually
revealing spider veins, futile struggle,
before it all fades to black.
Pushcart and Sundress Award nominee, Danny Baker, was raised in L.A. landing him as an outcast in the center of the 80's punk rock scene as a wild teen in the streets. He would move to New York and transform himself into a successful mover and shaker on Wall Street. Years later, he further developed his innate talent for writing as a means to balance the intensity, pain and duality of his existence.
Danny has been published in numerous journals, anthologies, chapbooks and e-zines, including Paraphilia, The Examiner, The Edgar Allan Poet Journal- Volumes 1 & 2, The Nervous Breakdown, The Nexxuss, Deep Tissue, Richard Modiano's Moon & Sun Review and Unadorned Press's The Musophobist (2012), among others. His first book of poems, Fractured, was the debut release on Punk Hostage Press (2012). He was a contributing author to Apophenia Press's collaborative novel, Parasite Regained (2014). His latest solo effort, Death In The Key Of Life (2014), published by Oneiros Books, is a collection of intuitive streams of consciousness certainly capable of making the rubber walls bounce off their own reflection.
Now 44, he is working on a slew of new writing projects of his own as he edits a massive collaborative effort upon which he embarked with none other than the venerable, Mark Hartenbach.