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Pursuing The Cerberus

[1994.]

A shipwreck
of fifteen.

My mind
spinning
naked,
rebellious wonders,
clinging needfully
to tattered fringes
of teenage wasteland—
a hologram only
vital for the young.

Innocent soul,
wet ears,
burrowed in books
or dancing with ghosts
privately upon paper
during secret evenings
fueled by an inescapable
craving—

CREATION.

Just beginning
a descent
into the simulacrum
of egg shell juvenilia,
the inception
of worlds
where a young boy
finally felt empowered,
not shy, awkward,
scared or taunted.  

Skewed by school,
my puerile cortex  
still believed poetry
a dusty beast
only the most golden
of warriors could slay.

And to write it,
well...
you had a better chance
of finding a pot of gold
at the rainbow's end
of hell.

I stuck with prose
for a decade,
there I felt
like a Godhead.

[2004.]

He reaches
into my
thick skull
with a burning hand;

The mind
awakens
from golden slumbers.  

A booming voice
rages from the pages
urging,

“I want you pulling
tugboats. Toughen up!”

The Last Night of the Earth

Ironically,
a newly discovered
paradise
for this man,
now in his mid-twenties,

Who hated poetry.

Bukowski
took me down
the path of daggers,
too thick with overgrowth
for even the sun to reach.

In mud and solitude
I excavated tirelessly,
finding great appreciation
for a former enemy.

No looking back;

Minds can never
return to the archaic
once expanded anew.

[2013.]

A lasting impression
drew me from the shadows
of the iron city.  

I've thrived
in the wilderness
many years
since leaving
the directive;

Building
on the man
without
stepping
all over the man.

I'm speaking
about
the HEART
of a survivor,
a workhorse,

Refusing
all formulaic dynamics,
marching only
to own drummer.

It took guts and courage
to reject
the American standard.

It took endurance
to push towards victory
when satisfaction and success
are usually a two-headed creature
surviving in whispers, myth.

I call it,
Pursuing the Cerberus,
for it can feel
that impossible.
Pursuing the Cerberus
#this poem was rejected by the two Bukowski anthologies I submitted to.  They took three or four other poems instead, but I feel this poem is strong enough to appear in print and thus it will be appearing in my forthcoming chapbook, Sleeping Children Are Still Flying, that will be on Amazon and Barnes n' Noble soon.

- As always, my poems are copyrighted with the Library of Congress and cannot be used, IN ANY FORM, without my consent. 
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Shakespeare
& The Goodwill Store


A girl,
probably just skipping
into her second decade,
peruses bookshelves
at the Goodwill Store
alongside me this afternoon,

both of us on the hunt
for something mystical,
breathtaking—
the thrill of buried treasure.

Her excitement and enthusiasm
make me pause briefly
from scanning the spines
to reflect fondly on a young boy
who also wore that expression
of enthusiasm once.  

Where has he gone?
What has become of him?

Ephemeral moments like this
breathe life into his memory,
though he is lost
to the great drain,
swirling into black pipes.

“Come on, Lucy.”
The girl's Mother says.  

“But I'm not ready...”
Lucy protests.
“You always do this...”

“No more books.  You've
already got too many.”

“But Mom, I found Shakespeare's
Tragedies and Shakespeare's Comedies.
I need these!”  

“No, Lucy.” Mom says.  “Come on,
we're leaving.”

With that, Mom dragged her away
empty-handed to the register,
paying $6.99 for a used floor steamer
before walking out the door
to the jingle of a bell,
leaving old William Shakes
and me still at the shelves.  

I eventually find a copy
of Rimbaud & Morrison
The Rebel As Poet and purchase it,
but Lucy doesn't leave my mind.

If my young daughter wanted Shakespeare,
you would hear NO complaint from me.

There are far worse things, far more
wasteful things a girl of that age
could spend time doing.  

I'd draw my wallet faster
than Annie Oakley with a magnum,
tell her to find a few more.
Hell, to find a dozen more!  
Especially to take her time—
life moves fast enough.

It's the Good Will Store after all,
books are ninety percent off cover price.  
Same as a cup of coffee,
way less than a pack of cigarettes,
bottles of liquor,
or a second-hand floor steamer;

You know,
adult things.
Shakespeare and the Goodwill Store
*Not the final draft by any means*
*Forthcoming from my huge full-length book of poetry entitled: Workhorse, due out in early 2015.  Cover art by James Vail !!!!
*My poetry is always copyrighted with the Library of Congress and my words cannot be copied, used in any form without my consent or knowledge.

-Wanted to upload something new!
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New Poetry Book and Huge Life Changes

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 5:12 PM
Sweet Ether

a writer's paradise


Hello there friends & followers here on dA

Hope everyone is doing well and being productive in their respective creative arts.

The last year I have been mostly absent from here and that is because I now have a beautiful baby boy named Gavin Jude! The last thirteen months have been some of the most beautiful and most trying of my life, but I wouldn't take a single moment of it back.  The highs have certainly outweighed the lows.  As you can imagine, my internet time is limited and though I still write every day, I've found it impossible to keep up with deviations/journals/commenting or even updating my own deviations/page.  I've missed dA a lot and I miss so many of you and the connections we've gained into each others lives through art.  I will post some pictures of my son soon!

I have a new poetry book completed entitled: Sleeping Children Are Still Flying.  I uploaded the cover art already! It is forthcoming and will be available on Amazon. 

I hope I can reconnect with a lot of you!

  • Listening to: My son laughing
  • Reading: Daniel Dafoe- Robinson Crusoe
  • Drinking: Iced Coffee
Sleeping Children Are Still Flying Cover Art by PursuingTheCerberus
Sleeping Children Are Still Flying Cover Art
Here is the cover to my recently completed book of poetry (forthcoming on AMAZON) entitled: Sleeping Children Are Still Flying.  This is a gorgeous collage done by my friend Brad Hamers and it is EXACTLY what I wanted for this book! This artwork was not done by me but is copyrighted along with the poems inside. 
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New Poetry Book and Huge Life Changes

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 5:12 PM
Sweet Ether

a writer's paradise


Hello there friends & followers here on dA

Hope everyone is doing well and being productive in their respective creative arts.

The last year I have been mostly absent from here and that is because I now have a beautiful baby boy named Gavin Jude! The last thirteen months have been some of the most beautiful and most trying of my life, but I wouldn't take a single moment of it back.  The highs have certainly outweighed the lows.  As you can imagine, my internet time is limited and though I still write every day, I've found it impossible to keep up with deviations/journals/commenting or even updating my own deviations/page.  I've missed dA a lot and I miss so many of you and the connections we've gained into each others lives through art.  I will post some pictures of my son soon!

I have a new poetry book completed entitled: Sleeping Children Are Still Flying.  I uploaded the cover art already! It is forthcoming and will be available on Amazon. 

I hope I can reconnect with a lot of you!

  • Listening to: My son laughing
  • Reading: Daniel Dafoe- Robinson Crusoe
  • Drinking: Iced Coffee

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William Barker
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Writers I adore:
Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, John Berryman, Harte Crane, Arthur Rimbaud, Rainer Maria Rilke, Walt Whitman, Charles Baudelaire, John Berryman, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Galway Kinnel, Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Elliot, EE Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Tony Hoagland, Buddy Wakefield, Andrea Gibson, Anis Mojgani, AR Ammons, JK Rowling, Robert Jordan, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Donaldson, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, HP Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard
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Hey, I'm very thankful to U 4 watching me!
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Tard Slide thank you very much for :+fav:ing my work Swing 
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Thank you so much for the watch!
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Hi, William; thanks for faving 'Prufrock processed 01'. :)
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Thank you for the fave, sir. :)

BTW, I've added you to my devWatch.
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thank you so much for the watch!!
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