Walt Whitman Bathing: POEMS
by David Wagoner
University of Illinois Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-252-06570-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3545.A345W35 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

  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
        earlier works:
      "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

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