Dale Baker’s Published Works

More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving

Your lover and best friend is dying. You will be taking care of him until the end. You dread the day, fast approaching, when illness will reduce him to a little boy and then a baby. How do you cope? Let Ms. Dale show you how she survived the emotional demands of long-term caregiving in her award-winning love story More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving.

Jarring a Tiny Bird: A Collection of Poems

Jarring A Tiny Bird is the poetic sequel to Dale L. Baker's award-winning book More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving. The poems in this collection chronicle life's pleasures and traumas from a mature woman's point of view. The language is visual, often coquettish and playful, but always powerful, dealing with love, loss, healing, personal mortality and the sheer joy of writing. Jarring a Tiny Bird opens with a dedication to one strong woman in Ms. Baker's life, her grandmother and ends with a poetic tribute to another, the teacher instrumental in Ms. Baker's development as a writer. The hummingbird theme alluded to in the title, strings together emotional highs and lows of caregiving and widowhood and comes to a surprising yet touching finish in a tongue-in-cheek memorial poem. Ms. Baker's poems have appeared individually in magazines, on-line and in anthologies since 2005. Jarring a Tiny Bird is her first published poetry collection.