After the Point of No Return (2020)

After the Point of No Return David Wagoner After the Point of No Return Wagoner s words are a living link to the world enacting it so vitally that they feel like natural facts The Seattle TimesIn his twenty fourth book of poetry David Wagoner reflects on youth love re
  • Title: After the Point of No Return
  • Author: David Wagoner
  • ISBN: 9781556593826
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
After the Point of No Return David Wagoner Wagoner s words are a living link to the world, enacting it so vitally that they feel like natural facts The Seattle TimesIn his twenty fourth book of poetry, David Wagoner reflects on youth, love, regret, and expectation versus reality Here a master writes at top form, back dropped by life s curious moments and imagining Jesus as an untidy roommate or considering our Wagoner s words are a living link to the world, enacting it so vitally that they feel like natural facts The Seattle TimesIn his twenty fourth book of poetry, David Wagoner reflects on youth, love, regret, and expectation versus reality Here a master writes at top form, back dropped by life s curious moments and imagining Jesus as an untidy roommate or considering our final destination in Beginner s Guide to Death After the Point of No Return After that moment when you ve lost all reasonfor going back where you started, when going aheadis no longer a Yes or No, but a matter of fact,you ll need to weigh, on the one hand, what will seem,on the other, almost nothing against somethingslightly than nothing and must chooseagain and again, at points of fewer and fewerchances to guess, when and which way to turn.That s when you might stop thinking about starsand storm clouds, the direction of wind,the difference between rain and snow, the time of day or the lay of the land, about which treesmean water, which birds know what you needto know before it s too late, or what s right hereunder your feet, no longer able to tell youwhere it was you thought you had to go.David Wagoner is the author of two dozen books of poetry and ten novels A longtime teacher at University of Washington, he was the editor at Poetry Northwest He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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  1. James Murphy

    There is a William Golding novel called The Pyramid in which a man ages in a progression seen as the ascent of a pyramid The point is made that as you climb events of the past take on a different shape and meaning, as seen from different points of your life I see David Wagoner in this way, as a crusty and wise commentator who s already ascended, a hill rather than a pyramid, and who sits on top so that he s able to now see everything in its true perspective And in poetry that seems wise he repor [...]

  2. Cheryl

    His best poems are the ones that take a minute to seep in, because it is a beautiful image and thought, but your mind can t quite get it yet, needs to reread the words to make sense of it Many of these aren t easy poems, but I kept thinking of what beautiful exercise for my little mind He is cryptic and meandering in his points and philosophy and combines images of the natural world with everyday life, and that is my favorite thing in the world So many people sleepwalk through life, never notici [...]

  3. Patricia Murphy

    Many of the poems in this collection are tight narratives so many settings, characters, conflicts, resolutions It s a great primer on story My favorite poem is The Boy Who Ran Away from Me, which takes a Frostian approach, although After Apple Picking is far less formal and overtly weighty Seems to be an emphasis on how to live here, which fits with the age of the poet Many of these are concept poems, so the beauty is in the idea not in musicality or metaphor I had never before heard the police [...]

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