Traveling Light by David Wagoner
COLLECTED AND NEW POEMS (Illinois Poetry Series)

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David Wagoner has won the acclaim of his peers and been compared with some of the most gifted poets in the English language: Emily Dickinson, James Wright, Robert Frost, Theodore Roethke. "The Antioch Review" has ascribed to him a "profoundly earthbound sanity," while "Publishers Weekly" credits him with a "plainspoken formal virtuosity" and a "consistent, pragmatic clarity of perception." His collections have garnered Poetry's Levinson and Union League Prizes, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and nominations for the American Book Award and the National Book Award. For his most recent collection, Walt Whitman Bathing, Wagoner was honored with the Ohioana Book Award in the category of poetry. Witty, eloquent, and insightful, "Traveling Light" offers new and familiar treasures from a master observer of both the natural and the human worlds. In a style by turns direct and intricate, Wagoner distills the essential emotions from people's encounters with each other, with nature, and with themselves. Through his compassionate but unblinking eyes, we see ourselves and the world that surrounds us more sharply delineated.

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Wagoner is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at the University of Washington.
Published May 25, 1999 by University of Illinois Press. 328 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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a bear ""may feel free/ To act out all his own displeasures with a vengeance."" Such lessons yield to a sense of physical fragility in the septuagenarian poet: the title poem to the award-winning Walt Whitman Bathing imagines the aging American bard dancing ""A few light steps, his right leg lead...

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