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Poetry of David Wagoner – Whistling…

On this edition of The Poets Weave, host Jenny Kander reads David Wagoner's poem "Whistling," and a set of his didactic poems.

“It may best to learn what you have to learn without a gun.  Not killing, but watching birds and animals go in and out of shelter, at will.”  Those lines are from David Wagoner’s poem “Staying Alive.”  He was born in 1926 in Ohio, lived in Bloomington, Indiana for a number of years, during which time he published many books of poetry.  Wagoner is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, and he was the editor of Poetry Northwest from 1966 until its last issue in 2002.

On this edition of The Poets Weave, host Jenny Kander reads Wagoner’s poem “Whistling,” and a set of his didactic poems, including “Do Not Proceed Beyond This Point Without A Guide,” “Walking in A Swamp,” and “Lost.”

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