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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.
   Todd Walton
    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.
      Kathy Kieth
      Publisher of Rattlesnake Press and Medusa's Kitchen




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, Dover, DE.

He continues to design interior carpeting and tapestry as well as write, perform and publish poetry regularly. He currently lives in Elk Grove, Ca.