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97 Poems by D. R. Wagner
At last! A big collection of superlative poems by the
incomparable D.R. Wagner—visionary explorations of the omnipresent music and
beauty and mystery and multi-dimensionality of life.
Author of Inside Moves and Buddha In A Teacup
If I could write, I'd write like D.R. Wagner, whose
writing touches the earth and then the sky and then all points in between. He
talks about Higher Beings without really naming them, about fairytales and
mythology, about daily life and the pain and fragility of being human. I've
published his work many times because his voice is so unique and continues to
evolve as his work goes on. D.R. would be my literary alter-ego—if I could
write, that is.
Publisher of Rattlesnake Press and Medusa's
D.R. Wagner is the author of over twenty books and chapbooks of poetry and
letters. He founded press : today : niagara in Niagara Falls, NY in 1965
and later Runcible Spoon (press) in the late 1960’s and produced over
fifty magazines and chapbooks. He co-wrote The Egyptian Stroboscope with
d.a. levy in the late 1960’s and read with Jim Morrison of the Doors in a
legendary reading with Morrison and Michael McClure.
He has read with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Al Winans, Viola Weinberg, d.a.
levy, E.R. Baxter III, Ed Sanders, Ann Waldman and many, many other poets
over the past 40 years. His work is much published and has appeared in
numerous translations. He has exhibited visual poetry with the likes of
William Burroughs, Byron Gysin, Ian Hamilton Finlay, bp Nichol, bill
bissett, J.F. Bory, John Furnival in venues ranging from The Musee de
aArts Decoratifs, Paris, at the Louvre to the Smithsonian in Washing- ton,
D.C. He is also a visual artist, producing miniature needle-made
tapestries that have been exhibited internationally and are included in
numerous publications and museum collections.
He is, further, a professional musician, working as a singer-songwriter
and playing guitar and keyboards. He has taught Design at the University
of California at Davis since 1988 and also teaches in the Honors program
at the University conducting classes in Poetry by Design.
His most recent books include a collection of his poetry and photographs
of his tapestries for Rattlesnake Press, entitled Where The Stars Are
Kept. In 2011 Rattlesnake Press published a new collection of poetry
entitled A Limited Means of Expression. A new chapbook PENTECOST, has been
published by Green Panda Press , Cleveland, Ohio 2012 and a chapbook,
PERSONAL ARCHEOLOGY will premiere in 2013 from Bottle of Smoke Press,
He continues to design interior carpeting and tapestry as well as write,
perform and publish poetry regularly. He currently lives in Elk Grove, Ca.