Good Morning and Good Night
About the BookBy continually discovering what's new in each day without forgetting yesterday's surprises, David Wagoner has succeeded in constantly expanding his range in a career that spans more than fifty years. In Good Morning and Good Night, this range includes his usual rich forays into nature and personalities, and poetry for all ages, young and old, amidst a vivid array of memories and explorations. Readers will find homages to the poets that have inspired him, as well as the bountiful lyricism that has made Wagoner's poetry one of our most enduring sources of delight and joy.
Good Morning and Good Night features poems previously published in American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, Atlantic Monthly, Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, New Letters, The New Republic, Poetry, Shenandoah, Southern Review, The Yale Review, and other leading literary journals.
About the AuthorDavid Wagoner is the author of seventeen books of poems and ten novels, and editor of Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke, 1943-63. He has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the Fels Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Eunice Tjetjens Memorial and English-Speaking Union prizes from Poetry, and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, he was the editor of Poetry Northwest from 1966 until its last issue in 2002.
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Reviews"In nearly 20 books of poetry over a span of more than 50 years, David Wagoner has spoken in a clear, sane, almost serene voice that makes his lyrical verse seem utterly natural, even inevitable. One feels that each moment he preserves in words dould have been expressed no other way."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Every now and then in the history of literature--but not very often--a writer (usually a poet) appears who in the very development of his work (and behind it, of course, that of his person) gives us what is in its totality a work of art, by which one means a composed progress into amplitude, into triumph, so that one begins to hear the piercing sound of bugles, to see banners flying on ramparts. It is difficult to describe something so exhilarating, and nothing that has been said here demonstrates it. But David Wagoner's career is one of those, and someday--if we stay alive--history will know it."--Mark Schorer, The Literature of America: Twentieth Century
"Good Morning and Good Night offers the sheer pleasure of immersion in an agile, masterly, awed and polished mind. 'All waiting there for you like a riverbed,' this collection is Wagoner at his brilliant best."--R. T. Smith, author of The Hollow Log Lounge