Andrea Baker’s first full-length collection, like wind loves a window, was selected by Donald Revell for the 2004 Slope Editions Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook Gilda, which was selected by Claudia Rankine for a Poetry Society of America Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Fence, How2, Lit, Octopus, Slope, St. Elizabeth Street, Vert and Volt. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

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Three Poems by Andrea Baker


      Excerpt from gilda

      gilda you are a wind-sweep
      you’re a hybrid monk
      in a cloak

      and a human head composed of leaves

      you’re two human head parts
      with a mouth of swaddle clothes


            like a stilt-bird you carry
            a basket


            you’re the skin
            of wind
            pushing

            my dwarf dress

            away



      Excerpt from body

      every sight is an instrument

      to absorb us


            this one is the window

            that dissolves us

            into mountains



            past this one

            the lake that we

            may fall from



            then the station for a train

            we board and become


      to breath light instead of air



      Excerpt from House
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