Treasure Island

David Wagoner

(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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This is a Wonderful Poem

Come at it carefully, don't trust it, that isn't its right name,
It's wearing stolen rags, it's never been washed, its breath
Would look moss-green if it were really breathing,
It won't get out of the way, it stares at you
Out of eyes burnt gray as the sidewalk,
Its skin is overcast with colorless dirt,
It has no distinguishing marks, no I.D. cards,
It wants something of yours but hasn't decided
Whether to ask for it or just take it,

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