David Wagoner

(5 June 1926 / Massillon, Ohio)

Comments about David Wagoner

  • Kim McElroy (3/2/2018 1:06:00 PM)

    Can you tell me which book of David Wagoner's I can find The Boy Who Became Seagull?

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  • Mary Mitchell 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!

Best Poem of David Wagoner

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,
And you're about to take that step
Over the threshold into a different light.

For the audience, you may simply be
Disappearing from the scene, yet in those few seconds
You can reach for the knob as the last ...

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Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.

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