ABOUT THIS BOOK
When David Wagoner's last
collection, Through the Forest: New and Selected Poems, was published,
Harold Bloom noted that Wagoner's "study of American nostalgias is
as eloquent and moving as that of James Wright, and like Wright's poetry
carries on some of the deepest currents in American verse." The same
could be said of Walt Whitman Bathing, in which Wagoner's poems
range from the lyric to the satiric, the elegiac to the transcendental,
the autobiographical to the visionary.
Other comments on Wagoner's
"Wagoner has the visual
acuity of his loved hawks and a lifelong absorption with living and growing
things. A lovely wit and a lively intelligence inform these poems."
-- Maxine Kumin
"When Wagoner looks at
something, he brings it to vivid and immediate life through an extraordinary
power with a simple name: love. He is as formally various as Thomas Hardy,
as playful as Dickinson, as wry as Frost." -- Dave Smith
"A sharp-eyed, even gutsy
nature poet, the deftest and tenderest of love poets, Wagoner is a verbal
magician capable of surprising, sometimes crazy tours de force."
-- X. J. Kennedy