Professor David Baker's newest book reviewed in L.A. Times
L.A. Times reviewer Jonathan Farmer examines English Professor David Baker’s latest book, “Scavenger Loop.” The award-winning poet’s new offering links academic/scientific language with experiential/personal observations.
In his review, Farmer cites Baker’s influence on Farmer’s own writing, saying, “I need to make a confession: Inasmuch as any writing on literature can make a claim to objectivity, this review can’t. I started emailing with Baker last year when he submitted the book’s title poem to “At Length.” Since then, he’s installed himself in my life as a generous advocate and mentor for my own writing. I’m not alone in that — the breadth of Baker’s service to writers also says something about his relationship to language in Scavenger Loop, which is notable in part for its attempts to accommodate, overlap, analyze, and even, in places, correct the writing of others.”
Farmer goes on to say,”The book is itself strikingly ambivalent about science, cherishing the insights it offers into the nonhuman world at the same time that it manifests outrage at our superhuman ambitions, which are leading to both global environmental devastation and, as Baker sees it, a lack of humility in the face of earlier human achievements.”
In addition, one of Baker’s poems, titled “Pastoral” was recently published in the New York Times, with an illustration by Soo Sunny Park, created especially for the poem. That image is seen at the heading of this article.