Winter 1970 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1970 |

The Poetry of David Wagoner

New and Selected Poems by David Wagoner. Indiana University Press, $6.00. David Wagoner seems to me one of our best poets, perhaps one of the best we have ever had in this country. I say "perhaps" because there is so much one might expect him still to explore, to attempt, that is as yet untouched in his verse, for Wagoner is a young man, his gifts are great, his commitment to craft exemplary. Which is to say, like any poet, Wagoner has his limitations, and, like the best poets, these limitations seem more a function of his strengths than a reflection of fundamental weaknesses in vision, feeling, or invention. Wagoner is certainly not the sort of poet who ought to be popular with academic intellectuals, and in fact he seems to have caught on much more rapidly with his fellow poets than with the literary critics. For Wagoner's verse presents few obstacles to the intelligence; one needs no special glossary to read his poems with pleasure, for they rest upon no mythologies, personal or

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