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(5 June 1926 / Massillon, Ohio)

Quotations

  • ''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 his dark glasses.''
    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 Anthology of Poetry. Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, comps. (1982) Faber and Faber.
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  • ''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 Anthology of Poetry. Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, comps. (1982) Faber and Faber.
  • ''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; an Anthology of Poetry. Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, comps. (1982) Faber and Faber.

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At The Door

All actors look for them-the defining moments
When what a character does is what he is.
The script may say, He goes to the door
And exits or She goes out the door stage left.

But you see your fingers touching the doorknob,
Closing around it, turning it
As if by themselves. The latch slides
Out of the strike-plate, the door swings on its hinges,

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