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David  Wagoner

David Wagoner

Born in Ohio, David Wagoner has taught at the University of Washington since 1954, where for over 30 years he edited the literary journal Poetry Northwest. In 1991 he was awarded Poetry’s Ruth Lilly Prize, and his latest volume, Good Morning and

Their Bodies
by David Wagoner

That gaunt old man came first, his hair as white
As your scoured tables. Maybe you’ll recollect him
By the scars of steelmill burns on the backs of his hands,
On the nape of his neck, on his arms and sinewy legs,
And her by the enduring innocence
Of her face, as open to all of you in death
As it would have been in life: she would memorize
Your names and ages and pastimes and hometowns