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.
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.
Wagoner was editor of Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002 and his play An Eye For An ... more »
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- At The Door
- This is a Wonderful Poem
- The Junior High School Band Concert
- Wallace Stevens On His Way To Work
- For A Row Of Laurel Shrubs
- The Shooting of John Dillinger Outside t...
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Did Johnny look flashy?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...
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...
''he lay down with those strange women, his face in the alley,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...
One shoe off, cinders in his mouth, his eyelids heavy.
When they shouted questions at him, he talked back to nobody.''
''Does anyone remember?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; ...
Everyone still alive. And some dead ones.''
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