Today's poem is "The Birth and Death of an Island in a River"

from The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review

David Wagoner has published 18 books of poems, most recently A Map of the Night (University of Illinois Press, 2008). He won the Lilly Prize in 1991 and has won six yearly prizes from Poetry. He edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to its end in 2002 and is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington.

Other poems by David Wagoner in Verse Daily:
May 12, 2010:   "Possum" "You're crouching on the thin top of a fence..."
August 14, 2008:   "Onstage" "I took a director to a waterfall..."
September 21, 2007:   "My Snake" " By the railroad tracks, on cinders..."
August 7, 2007:   "Free Fall" " At first he's making better and better time..."
December 19, 2005:   "The Elephant's Graveyard" " Their huge gray shapes were trudging up a trail..."
June 16, 2003:  "The Son of a Carpenter" "He knew the shapes and the gnarled persuasions..."

Books by David Wagoner:

Other poems on the web by David Wagoner:
"Following a Stream"
"In Memory of His Memory"
Thirteen poems
Three poems
"On Motel Walls"
"Eating a Toad"
Two poems

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