Neighbors in October

By David Baker b. 1954 David Baker
All afternoon his tractor pulls a flat wagon
with bales to the barn, then back to the waiting
chopped field. It trails a feather of smoke.
Down the block we bend with the season:
shoes to polish for a big game,
storm windows to batten or patch.
And how like a field is the whole sky now
that the maples have shed their leaves, too.
It makes us believers—stationed in groups,
leaning on rakes, looking into space. We rub blisters
over billows of leaf smoke. Or stand alone,
bagging gold for the cold days to come.

David Baker's next book, Midwest Eclogue, is forthcoming this fall from W. W. Norton. "Neighbors in October" is reprinted from The Truth about Small Towns, University of Arkansas Press, 1998.

Source: The Truth about Small Towns (University of Arkansas Press, 1998)

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Poet David Baker b. 1954

Subjects Nature, Fall, Jobs & Working, Activities

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Though he is known primarily as a poet of the Midwest, David Baker was born in Bangor, Maine in 1954. He spent his childhood in Missouri and attended Central Missouri State University before receiving his PhD from the University of Utah. He has won fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Currently a Professor of English . . .

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