David Wagoner

(5 June 1926 / Massillon, Ohio)

David Wagoner
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David Russell Wagoner is an American poet who has written many poetry collections and ten novels. Two of his books have been nominated for National Book Awards.

Early Life

Born in Massillon, Ohio and raised in Whiting, Indiana from the age of seven, Wagoner attended Pennsylvania State University where he was a member of Naval ROTC and graduated in three years. He received an M.A. in English from the Indiana University in 1949 and has taught at the University of Washington since 1954 on the suggestion of friend and fellow poet Theodore Roethke.

Career

Wagoner was editor of Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002 and his play An Eye For An ... more »

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  • Did Johnny look flashy?
    Yes, his white-on-white shirt and tie were luminous.
    His trousers were creased like knives to the tops of his shoes
    And his yellow straw hat came down to h...
    David Wagoner (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Shooting of John Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater, July 22, 1934 (l. 61-64). . . Rattle Bag, The; an...
  • ''he lay down with those strange women, his face in the alley,
    One shoe off, cinders in his mouth, his eyelids heavy.
    When they shouted questions at him, he talked back to nobody.''
    David Wagoner (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Shooting of John Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater, July 22, 1934 (l. 83-86). . . Rattle Bag, The; an...
  • ''Does anyone remember?
    Everyone still alive. And some dead ones.''
    David Wagoner (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Shooting of John Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater, July 22, 1934 (l. 129-130). . . Rattle Bag, The; ...
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  • Mary Mitchell (7/27/2012 4:43:00 PM)

    I'd love to see Lost on here!

  • Mo. (6/14/2007 3:30:00 PM)

    I saw you on the cover of 'poetry.com'
    Congratulations on your past winning!
    Great Job!

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