Eternity & Oranges
The poems in Eternity & Oranges evoke myths, history, love and loss, ancient art, and more. Bakken's words evoke haunting images of the sea, the sun, ancient figures, tales, and modern woes. The line between ancient and modern is erased, as he connects them in a way that only a poet can. Through Bakken's words, we feel his love for his adopted country, where his soul certainly lives. As I read this work, I sense that being away from Greece, for him, is akin to torture. His heart beats in Greece — at the seashore, among the ghosts of ancient gods and heroes, breathing in the sea air, and this storied country, in all of its wonder.