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Lessons from a Desperado Poet: How To Find Your Way When You Don'T Have A Map, How To Win The Game When You Don'T Know The Rules, And When Someone ... What They Really Mean Is They Can'T Do It. Hardcover – June 1, 2011

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"There is nothing profound in saying that chickens cluck or that Baxter Black is a man of enormous talent, but readers of this book will find there is more to his success than a train-load of talent. He didn’t quit when life bucked him off and stomped on his hat. He works hard. He reads and studies and thinks. He prays. He keeps his word. He doesn’t write trash. He respects his audience. How rare and refreshing: an artist/entertainer who can spell integrity, and even knows what it means."

- John Erickson, Author of "Hank the Cowdog" Series

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Part memoir, part how-to, all Baxter Black, Lessons from a Desperado Poet is a humorous, witty take on making a living by doing the right thing and trying everything. According to Black—who provides 118 life lessons through the course of the book—success, at least in the form to be had by working outside the system, “does not take a genius; it just requires the persistence of a glacier. . . . Remember, often it is not ability, it’s reliability. The world is run by those who show up.”

A mind-tickling romp through the formation, fermentation, and fruition of the author’s career as a poet in a country where publishing poetry is “practically illegal,” Lessons from a Desperado Poet is instructional for the entrepreneur, inspirational for the ambitious, and entertaining for the teeming masses. In three sections—“How I Learned,”“What I Learned,” and “Why I Was Able to Learn”—the man the New York Times called “probably the nation’s most successful living poet” takes us through everything from his “Basque Infusion” (i.e., the lessons he learned working for a hard-headed Basque) and how he became a self-sustaining poet, to such chapters as “Me and NPR,” “How to Control Your Tech Addiction,” and “Controlling Your Own Life—Big Decisions Like Turning Down Johnny Carson.” 

Since it is also a story of continuously overcoming the odds, Lessons from a Desperado Poet leaves a trail of self-improvement and motivational tortilla crumbs that readers will follow with delight—before, that is, squirreling them away in their own cerebral pockets for later use.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: TwoDot; First Edition edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762769971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762769971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
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Even though I was born and raised in Chicago, I have always been fascinated with cowboys and westerns. I grew up seeing Rocky Lane, Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers at the movies. I also have had an interest in poetry, including what is now called "Cowboy Poetry." This book was written by one of the most successful cowboy poets. This is the first book I have read by Baxter Black and I found it entertaining and interesting.

This book has 18 chapters of advice and folksy wisdom. It has 118 lessons the author has learned in his career which can applied to almost any profession. Some of the topics covered include: The making of a self-sustaining poet, a poet enters the real world, starting in the book business, self-publishing, marketing outrageously, the act of self-publishing, spectacular belly flops, managing your finances, doin business on a handshake and many other interesting insights into this author's personal experiences.

In conclusion, this is a book that will be of interest to anyone who enjoys advice and lessons combined with an obvious good sense of humor.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Buccino on June 13, 2011
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You don't have to be a cowboy or a desperado poet to enjoy Baxter Black's new book. I enjoyed reading the advance reader copy that was lying around in the place where I used to work. Black shares his humility and common sense. And it won't be long before I find myself going through all Black's backlist titles that are still available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Author of Ity Bits on February 14, 2013
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I met Baxter at a workshop on how to get your stuff out there at the Elko, Nevada Cowboy Petry Gathering a few weeks ago. He was funny and enlighting and this book is all it is cracked up to be. A must have for anyone wanting to get thier arrows out there in writer land. Ity Bits Volume 1
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I purchased this book after having read three of Baxter's other books, and most of his poetry. He is a terrific writer, a fantastic poet, and an absolutely outstanding gentleman, patriot, large-animal veterinarian and "Modern-day Cowboy." (He's also funnier than watching a city slicker trying to milk a stud-bull!) Honestly, this book is a really great reference manual and road map for navigating your way through the world of poetry writing and publishing. It "promises" nothing, but gives very good and honest advice about that business, and I found it to be extremely useful to me as a "wannabe, honest-to-goodness, real-life Cowboy Poet".
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By Jack Rhodes on March 9, 2015
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I purchased this book for the poetry,, I came away with a renewed sense of mankind. I to believe that all people are good and honest, until. They prove me wrong, and that has happened more than I care to admit. I hope that more people will read this book and renew their trust in themselves and their fellow man. More people need to conduct themselves by the simple and truthful ways that Baxter Black has spoke of and lived by in these writings. Thank Baxter for the truth and inspiration.
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By Last Post on October 12, 2012
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Another great book by Baxter Black. I enjoy Baxter both in print and in his personal appearances. He gives us laughs and also makes us reflect on the important things in life. I was pleased to know that I could purchase his books with Amazon for my Kindle.
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I have followed Baxter Black through his "NPR days" and beyond. I read both of his novels and some of his poetry. I chose this book because it will "rekindle" in me the flavor of his humor and philosophy. He is a delight to read and ponder.
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