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David Wagoner: David Wagoner, often referred to as the leading poet of the Pacific Northwest, was born in Ohio and raised in Indiana. Before moving to Washington in 1954, Wagoner attended Pennsylvania State University where he was a member of the Naval ROTC and received an M.A. in English from Indiana University. Wagoner was selected to serve as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1978, replacing Robert Lowell, and he served as the editor of Poetry Northwest until its last issue in 2002. Known for his dedication to teaching, he was named a professor emeritus at the University of Washington. Wagoner has been compared stylistically to his longtime teacher and friend, Theodore Roethke.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556593821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556593826
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
David Wagoner has been writing poetry for many years and every new book of collected poems he publishes shows a heightened ability to communicate those intangible aspects of the marriage of our thoughts, memories, moments in time we never want to lose and comes up with ever more tender and poignant words that capture what we may not access without his guidance.

Wagoner recalls that ethereal childhood of experiences as well as anyone writing. In his masterful way he is even able to conjure events and thoughts that we may not be able to mold with his gift:
MOTHER'S NIGHT
She's celebrating it for me. She's coming back
from the place where she was scattered, form the place
where she was introduced to medical students
and their teachers and was slowly taken apart,
back from where she lost herself among nurses,
from what was left of her house, from her single bed,
from her sink and her kitchen window where she could see
the dead stalks in her garden. She's coming back,
her arms full of the flowers I gave her once
a year in April, and she's asking me
to put them back on the stems in the greenhouses
they came from, to let them shrink away form the light.

Wagoner has a gentle sense of humor that he uses like few other writers, as in the following:
ROOMING WITH JESUS
Though he would have no clothes worth borrowing
except for amusement, he wouldn't borrow yours
and leave them scattered around, unwashed.
He would forgive you for making impolite noises
and listen to any exaggerated entries
in your overlong, untitled, unpublished,
and unpublishable autobiography
with its anecdotes about schools and carnal love
with a straight, polite face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Andrew Kille on May 22, 2013
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Some time ago a friend recommended this book to me and sent me the title poem "After the Point of No Return." I hesitated to get the book, for though the example poem was magnificent, often in a collection there is one gem of a poem among a pile of ho-hum material. I was most pleasantly surprised to find poem after poem highlighting little-noticed details of the world around, inviting new perspectives on life, relationships, memories, and dreams. This book is a treasury of marvels, and I highly recommend it. I'll be looking for more of David Wagoner's work.
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By JnyB on April 9, 2015
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This is the first book of poetry that I can open to any page and enjoy the poem printed there...I love Wagoner's view on life and his run on poems that end after a breathful or two of words with a little twist...
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