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Author: WAGONER, DAVID
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Wagoner, David    Poet's Biography
144 poems available by this author


A DAY IN THE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dismounting from stools and benches, pouring through bars
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


A GIRL PLAYING IN A SANDBOX    Poem Text    
First Line: She drops the plastic soldiers, the trucks
Subject(s): Girls; Toys


A GUIDE TO THE FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the wild pasture, this mile of strewn grasses
Subject(s): Fields; Nature; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


A PAIR OF BARN OWLS, HUNTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Now slowly, smoothly flying over the field
Subject(s): Owls; Hunting; Hunters


A ROOM WITH A VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: At last, outside my window an expanse
Subject(s): Landscape; Nature


A SKATING LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Her mother brought her halfway
Last Line: Upright, devoted pupil
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Fathers & Daughters


A SNAP QUIZ IN BODY LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: We can't hear what they're saying, but that man
Subject(s): Body, Human; Hugs & Hugging


A VALEDICTORY TO STANDARD OIL OF INDIANA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the darkness east of chicago, the sky burns over the plumbers' nightmares
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


A WARNING TO MY LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Born in my mouth, the naked beast leaned out


A WOMAN FEEDING GULLS    Poem Text    
First Line: They cry out at the sight of her and come flying
Subject(s): Gulls; Food & Eating; Seagulls


A WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHING HOLSTEINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Her slender body moves among the herd
Subject(s): Love


ADVICE TO THE ORCHESTRA    Poem Text    
First Line: Start like pieces of string
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


AFTER READING TOO MANY POEMS, I WATCH A ROBIN TAKING A BATH    Poem Text    
First Line: She does it so devotely
Subject(s): Robins; Baths & Bathing; Showers & Showering


AFTER THE SPEECH TO THE LIBRARIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was speaking to the librarians
Subject(s): Libraries & Librarians


AFTERNOON OF SAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Like retarded water
Subject(s): Seashore; Wind; Beach; Coast; Shore


AN ADDRESS TO WEYERHAEUSER, THE TREE-GROWING COMPANY    Poem Text    
First Line: After miles of stumps and slash and the once-buried endeavors
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


AN ANTHEM FOR MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing the beast that is not beast: the unhorned
Subject(s): Mankind; God; Singing & Singers; Human Race; Songs


AN OFFERING FOR DUNGENESS BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The tern, his lean, slant wings
Subject(s): Birds; Dungeness Bay, Washington


ANAGRAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Many have rearranged their names
Subject(s): Names; Language; Words; Vocabulary


APPLYING FOR A LOAN WITH THE HELP OF THE DICTIONARY OF OCCUP. TITLES       
First Line: In my other lives, I've been a sheepskin pickler
Subject(s): Borrowers & Lenders; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


ARCHEOLOGICAL NOTES    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever they put their feet, the herdsmen beyond astrakhan
Subject(s): Archeology


AT LUNCH WITH PSYCHIATRISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Psychiatrists sit up straight in contoured chairs
Last Line: They turn aside and interrupt each pther
Subject(s): Psychiatry; Lunch


AT THE MOUTH OF A CREEK    Poem Text    
First Line: This creek, as old as rain, flows past our fire
Subject(s): Love


BEGINNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Here am I slippery
Subject(s): Self


BEING HERDED PAST THE PRISON'S HONOR FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: The closer I come to their huge black-and-white sides
Subject(s): Cows


BEING SHOT    Poem Text    
First Line: You'll hear it split-seconds later - tghe loud afterthought
Subject(s): Shooting


BETWEEN NEIGHBORS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The complainant is a big man
Subject(s): Neighbors; Dogs; Parrots


BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: By the window, my girls are eating eggs and cereal
Last Line: Except a hard one and want me to decide
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Food & Eating; Dogs; Contests


BREAKING CAMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Having spent a hard-earned sleep, you must break camp
Subject(s): Camping; Camps; Summer Camps


BUMS AT BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Daily, the bums sat down to eat in our kitchen.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Family Life; Food & Eating; Morning; Relatives


BURIAL SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: My body ran on its legs and waved its hands
Subject(s): Body, Human


BY STARLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Now far from those harsh lightsand the glare over cities
Subject(s): Stars; Togetherness


BY THE ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Rushing through leaves, they fall
Subject(s): Apples


CARRYING THE FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: He felt fevered, even in the wind
Subject(s): Illness; Death; Dead, The


CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: She forgot. She has to make one for her class
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Castles; Educators; Professors


CATERPILLAR SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer and leaves filled me
Subject(s): Caterpillars


CEREMONY ON PIER 40    Poem Text    
First Line: No ships are shivering
Subject(s): Piers


CLANCY THE BURRO'S FIRST DAY IN HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: He wakens on bright straw
Subject(s): Donkeys; Burros


CLIMBING A TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter's red-winged kite is stuck in the branches
Last Line: Begins down here on dangerous grassland
Subject(s): Danger; Trees


CLOSING TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: At midnight, flaking down like chromium
Last Line: Who cartwheel out of sight, end over end
Subject(s): Night; Parties; Bedtime


COME BEFORE HIS COUNTENANCE WITH A JOYFUL LEAPING    Poem Text    
First Line: Swivelling flat-soled on the dirt but ready to bound in arches
Subject(s): Worship


COME WITH ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I was on the verge of the actual genuine
Subject(s): Tourists; Motion Pictures; Man-woman Relationships; Movies; Cinema; Male-female Relations


CREDO ADORATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The metaphor shall be god. The host
Subject(s): God


CRITICAL DISTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: All game animals know what it is
Subject(s): Hunting; Nature; Hunters


CROSSING A RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: You kneel at the verge of this impassable arroyo
Subject(s): Rivers


CURTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandpa took me along to the hospital
Subject(s): Grandparents; Hospitals; Window Treatments; Childhood Memories; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Venetian Blinds; Curtains; Shades; Drapes


CUTTING DOWN A TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Having picked your tree and cleared its base of suckers
Subject(s): Trees


DIARY    Poem Text    
First Line: At monday dawn, I climbed into my skin
Subject(s): Diaries


DIZZY    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought whirling
Subject(s): Spinning


DRIFTWOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: From its burial at sea, a gray-white forest
Last Line: Not one not beautiful
Subject(s): Driftwood; Funerals - At Sea; Burials At Sea


DUST DEVIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Through stubble the color of dust, the dust devil
Subject(s): Dust


ELEGY FOR A DISTANT RELATIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: This rubble of stained glass
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ELEGY FOR A MINOR ROMANTIC POET    Poem Text    
First Line: If that's you gesturing frantically
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ELEGY FOR YARDS, POUNDS, AND GALLONS    Poem Text    
First Line: An unduly elected body of our elders
Subject(s): Measurement Units


ELEGY ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: In my mother's garden even the ragweed
Last Line: At everything we can still remember
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Old Age; Spring


ELEGY WHILE PRUNING ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: I've weeded thier beds, put down manure and bark dust
Subject(s): Roses; Gardens & Gardening; Death; Dead, The


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing one for the giantess
Subject(s): Women; Death; Dead, The


ERICH THE PRINTER—(B. 1883-D. 1938): (1929)    Poem Text    
First Line: Men's names (the prayers against misbirth)
Subject(s): Printing & Printers


EULOGY FOR RICHARD HUGO (1923-82)    Poem Text    
First Line: We both wore masks. Mine over my mouth
Last Line: Of ashes, he lies there now, its laureate
Subject(s): Hugo, Richard (1923-1982)


EVENING SONG ON OUR STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: It was almost bedtime, and something was wrong
Last Line: By both my hands again, and we walked home
Subject(s): African Americans; Sickness; Singing & Singers; Streets; Negroes; American Blacks; Illness; Avenues


FALLING ASLEEP IN A GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the bees have come to the garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Sleep


FINALE    Poem Text    
First Line: They have torn the house
Subject(s): Houses; Demolition


FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Though your brothers, after the long hunt and the fasting
Subject(s): Hunting; Nature; Hunters


FOR A GRIZZLY BEAR SLEEPING    Poem Text    
First Line: He has turned himself and let himself lie down
Last Line: As he has always been, awake or sleeping
Subject(s): Bears


FOR A STUDENT SLEEPING IN A POETRY WORKSHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: I've watched his eyelids sag, spring open
Subject(s): Classmates; Dreams; Schools; Sleep; Teaching & Teachers; Schoolmates; Nightmares; Students


FOR A THIRD ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: You brought me wildflowers once, not the real ones
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Flowers; Time


FOR A WINTER WREN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the first rain after a dry summer
Subject(s): Wrens


FOR AN OLD WOMAN AT THE GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your permission slip has been stationed, decoded, stamped
Subject(s): Security Checks; Women - Old Age


FOR LAUREL AND HARDY ON MY WORKROOM WALL    Poem Text    
First Line: They're tipping their battered derbies and striding forward
Subject(s): Comedy; Hardy, Norvell (Oliver) (1892-1957); Laurel, Stan (1890-1965); Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


FOR THE YOUNG VINE MAPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: If they sprout deep
Subject(s): Maple Trees


GIFT WRAPPING    Poem Text    
First Line: Already imagining her
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving


GOD AND MAN AND FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: But, my dear lord, now that it's in your hand
Last Line: O find yourself in the hands of the living god
Subject(s): Flowers; God; Mankind; Religion; Human Race; Theology


GRAY FOX IN A ROADSIDE ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: Around and across his pen, light-footed, the fox
Last Line: He is almost weightless on the tracer of nothing
Subject(s): Nature


HOW STUMP STOOD IN THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Ice had many sons. 'find me my food!' he shouted
Last Line: On his own feet, holding his life in his hands
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


IN A COUNTRY CEMETERY    Poem Text    
First Line: I had been reading tombstones and drinking in
Last Line: Before it was too late
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Drinks & Drinking; Graveyards; Wine


IN A GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The day you said you loved me, we found ourselves
Last Line: (looking the other way.)
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Love - Beginnings; Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678); Poetry & Poets


IN RUBBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Right after the bomb, even before the ceiling
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: There's barely room enough under the branches
Last Line: Ready for almost anything
Subject(s): Apple Trees


LAMENT FOR THE NON-SWIMMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They never feel they can be well in the water
Last Line: They splash ashore, pretending to feel buoyant
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Subject(s): Forest


MADSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: When he had killed a white-tailed deer
Last Line: In his belly another madstone
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


MARSH LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: The swamp reeds murmur the song
Subject(s): Leaves


MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cackling, smelling of camphor, crumbs of pink icing
Last Line: My gristle-breasted, slack-jawed zealot, kiss me again
Subject(s): Muses


MY FATHER'S FOOTBALL GAME    Poem Text    
First Line: He watched each tv game for all he was worth, while swaying
Subject(s): Fathers; Football


MY FATHER'S GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: On his way to the open hearth where white-hot steel
Subject(s): Fathers; Junk And Junkyards; Metaphor; Mills And Millers; Steel; Similes


MY FATHER'S GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I counted them, and now I look through the door
Last Line: My father's ghost in my arms in his dark doorway
Subject(s): Family Life; Fathers; Relatives


MY MOTHER'S POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Redwing blackbird, sitting on a stalk
Last Line: Already knowing the end and the answer
Subject(s): Mothers; Poetry & Poets


MY SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: By the railroad tracks, on cinders
Last Line: None of us ever said a word about it
Subject(s): Snakes; Children


NINE CHARMS AGAINST THE HUNTER       
First Line: In the last bar on the way to your wild game
Subject(s): Hate; Sports


NUTHATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Quick, at the feeder, pausing
Last Line: For just one more all morning
Subject(s): Birds


PEACOCK DISPLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: He approaches her, trailing his whole fortune
Subject(s): Birds


PHOTOGRAPHING A RATTLESNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: On smooth sand among stones
Last Line: Back to its still life
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Rattlesnakes


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: From this one breath
Subject(s): Prayer


PRESSING LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughters bring me leaves
Last Line: To help the others unfold outisde the windows
Subject(s): Leaves; Daughters


SPEEDING    Poem Text    
First Line: My friends and I wanted to drive fast
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Speed


STAYING ALIVE       
First Line: Staying alive in the woods is a matter of calming down
Subject(s): Forests; Survival; Wilderness; Woods


STOPPING ALONG THE WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Heading south toward campus, my car
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Possums


THAT CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: That child was dangerous. That just-born
Subject(s): Babies; Native Americans - Children; Infants


THE ACTRESS AND THE RAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I can hear her feet overhead. As ever, at night
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Man-woman Relationships; Theater & Theaters; Actresses; Male-female Relations; Stage Life


THE ASTRONOMER'S APPRENTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Observing the noon sun over bangalore
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers


THE AUTHOR OF AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY SKETCHES A BIRD, NOW EXTINCT    Poem Text    
First Line: When he walked through town, the wing-shot bird he'd hidden
Subject(s): Birds


THE BEST SLOW DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the sagging clotheslines of crepe paper
Subject(s): Youth; Dancing & Dancers


THE BURNING BUSH    Poem Text    
First Line: A quick flare takes the leaves
Last Line: The bush stands bare at the edge of the silent prairie
Subject(s): Fire


THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Falling asleep, the birds are falling
Subject(s): Birds


THE ELDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When by the fire at sundown the elders
Subject(s): Aging


THE END OF THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: After dressing up out of a dress-up basket
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; Night; Bedtime


THE ESCAPED GORILLA    Poem Text    
First Line: When he walked out in the park that early evening
Subject(s): Apes; Escapes; Zoos; Gorillas; Chimpanzees; Gibbons; Orangutans; Fugitives


THE FAN DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was seven and sally rand wasn't wearing
Subject(s): Children; Burlesque; Dancing & Dancers; Innocence


THE FIRST MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked with jessamine, the tall black lady
Last Line: Sayng hush, hush, but I 'd hushed myself already
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Childhood Memories


THE FOUR FATES    Poem Text    
First Line: The greeks had words for them. They were the parcae:
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical


THE GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD MORNING OF FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He knew he was asleep and was dreaming
Subject(s): Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936)


THE HOLD-UP    Poem Text    
First Line: First comes a fence, then the mouth of an alley
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When our semi-conductor
Subject(s): High Schools; Bands; Music & Musicians; Orchestras


THE LESSONS OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: When given a place to wait, it fills that place
Subject(s): Learning; Water


THE LONELINESS OF THE 100-METER DASH MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Crouching, he puts the stiffened tips of his fingers
Subject(s): Loneliness; Track Athletics; Running Races; Pole Vaulting; Discus Throwing; Shot Putting; Running Hurdles


THE MAN FROM THE TOP OF THE MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: From immaculate construction to half death
Subject(s): Robots & Robotics


THE MODELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Music begins, and here they come toward us
Subject(s): Models


THE OTHER HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: As a boy, I haunted an abandoned house
Subject(s): Home


THE PATH    Poem Text    
First Line: The path led just a shade too steeply
Subject(s): Nature; Roads; Paths; Trails


THE PRINCIPLES OF CONCEALMENT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If you're caught in the open
Subject(s): Identity


THE RECOGNITION    Poem Text    
First Line: I recognize myself, but not by sight
Subject(s): Self


THE RED HAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The lady had come right through the front door
Last Line: Smiling behind the screen with her clothes off
Subject(s): Women – Old Age; Hats; Memory


THE ROSEBUSH; A MEMORY OF THEODORE ROETHKE    Poem Text    
First Line: He was going to plant a rose. He'd found it mildewed
Subject(s): Roethke, Theodore (1908-1963)


THE SHOOTING OF JOHN DILLINGER OUTSIDE THE BIOGRAPH THEATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Chicago ran a fever of a hundred and one that groggy sunday
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Dillinger, John (1902-1934); Indiana


THE SICK CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: That child was quiet and would no longer run
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


THE TEAL'S WING    Poem Text    
First Line: About the tide line above the dead
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Seashore; Dead, The; Beach; Coast; Shore


THE WATER LILY    Poem Text    
First Line: As slowly, as carefully as a wading bird
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wind, bird, and tree
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE WORDS-AND-MUSIC MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: They said they could make up songs
Subject(s): Language; Music & Musicians; Words; Vocabulary


THEIR BODIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: That gaunt old man came first, his hair as white
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THIS IS A WONDERFUL POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Come at it carefully, don't trust it, that isn't its right name
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THOREAU AND THE BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: The lighthouse-keeper told him where he could / find it
Subject(s): Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)


THOREAU AND THE TOADS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the spring thaw, their voices ringing
Subject(s): Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862); Toads


THOREAU WADING IN A RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: On summer days at the swampy edge of the river
Last Line: Going zap1 and zap! Zap! Zap! All the way home
Subject(s): Rivers; Summer; Swimming & Swimmers; Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)


TO A PANHANDLER WHO, FOR A QUARTER, SAID 'GOD BLESS YOU'    Poem Text    
First Line: You held out your hand, expecting (on the average) nothing
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Gratitude; God


TO MY FRIEND WHOSE PARACHUTE DID NOT OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Thrown backward first, head over heels in the wind
Subject(s): Parachutes


TREE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Last spring a neighbor boy / nailed up a house in a tree
Subject(s): Houses; Play; Trees; Youth


TRYING TO WRITE A POEM WHILE THE COUPLE UPSTAIRS MAKE LOVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She's like a singer straying slowly off key
Subject(s): Neighbors; Love - Erotic; Poetry & Poems


TUMBLEWEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Here comes another, bumping over the sage
Subject(s): Weeds


UP AGAINST THE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: At the foot of the cliff, the sea is taking back
Subject(s): Seashore; Erosion; Beach; Coast; Shore


WADING IN A MARSH    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing here in this rain-fed marsh
Subject(s): Swamps; Walking; Bogs; Fens; Marshes


WAITING ON THE CURB    Poem Text    
First Line: Stalled by traffic, waiting for the light
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHISTLER'S MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My father said his mother bought it for him
Last Line: It was the only art my father owned
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Family Life


WORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: When the spade turns over, the worms
Last Line: All taken in by the darkness of the mouth
Subject(s): Worms