A giant of Northwest poetry died shortly before Christmas. David Wagoner, 95, was the exemplar — and for many years the gatekeeper — of the region’s poetic voices.
As a poet, teacher, editor and author, Wagoner shaped a poetic identity from the Northwest’s natural and cultural surroundings, just as midcentury architects like Paul Thiry and artists like Morris Graves and Mark Tobey created modern works rooted in the region.
Through books published from the 1950s onward — poetry, novels, plays — and years as an influential University of Washington professor, Wagoner had a deep and deeply felt influence.
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