Collins, Floyd. “Transience and the Lyric Impulse.” Gettysburg Review 12, no. 4 (Winter, 2000): 702-719. After providing a definition and brief discussion of lyric poetry, Collins reviews the work of three contemporary American poets, including Baker, who, Collins says, captures everyday life in well-crafted lyric poems that reclaim personal history. The basis for his discussion is Baker’s The Truth About Small Towns.
Dobberstein, Michael. Review of Laws of the Land. Chariton Review (Spring, 1983). Dobberstein reviews Baker’s first book in considerable detail, relating Baker’s poetry to the work of William Bartram, calling the poems a tribute to Bartram’s spirit. The reviewer finds a solitude and stillness in the poet’s voice.
Genoways, Ted. “Our Town.” Review of The Truth About Small Towns. Boston Book Review (May, 1999). The reviewer examines several poems, quoting them at length to illustrate Baker’s technical skill. Genoways comments on Baker’s graceful and elegant love poems.
Kitchen, Judith. “For the Moment: Essential Disguises.” Review of Sweet Home, Saturday Night. Georgia Review 46, no. 3 (Fall, 1992): 554-572. Kitchen praises the display of technical skill and postmodern sensibility she finds in Sweet Home, Saturday Night. Explaining how all of the poems in the book lead to the title poem, Kitchen remarks that Baker’s poetry unifies many aspects of the contemporary self.
Lea, Sydney. “Aging White Men.” Southern Review 30, no. 4 (Autumn, 1995): 957-973. Lea carefully distinguishes the poems that are in his view the strongest in After the Reunion—he calls the title poem “near-perfect”—explaining that Baker has a distinct voice in a consumerist culture and is “on the cusp of major achievement.”
Reiter, Thomas. Review of Haunts. Quarterly West (Spring, 1986). Reiter points out that Baker’s poetry deals with the personal and the familial, and that this collection is “direct and radiant.”
Steinman, Lisa M. “So What Is Poetry Good For?” Review of Midwest Eclogue, by David Baker; Self-Pity, by Susan Hahn; Into It, by Lawrence Joseph; The Hoopoe’s Crown, by Jacqueline Osherow. Michigan Quarterly Review 45, no. 3 (Summer, 2006): 544-661. Extensive review of Baker’s work notes his themes of flux and nature.