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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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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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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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Maybe the perfect bathroom book. It's a like reading your vacation.Published 1 month ago by CA Steve
This book is fabulous. We used to see Baxter Black at the Cowboy Poetry Festival and always enjoyed him. Glad we can enjoy his humor and insight anytime now.Published 2 months ago by V. Rizzotto
Great gift for my hubby after attending a Baxter Black show.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mr. Baxter Black is a phenominal poet with a nack for getting a point across and for his unique perspective of the world.Published 21 months ago by Robin DIxon
He began reading this book almost immediately, so I feel like a winner too, even tho the book went home with him.Published on January 14, 2014 by Lorna