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The House of Song (Illinois Poetry Series) Paperback – 1 May 2003
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"May strike faithful readers as his best... Written in stair-step triplets or faux blank verse, unrhymed, perfectly voiced, these are riveting expository pieces about the miracles of living -- alone, in a community, as a creature among creatures, and as bodies among spirits." -- Booklist "Wagoner unfailingly makes words that do what the world does... In 'The House of Song,' he is at his best. His words are a living link to the world, enacting it so vitally that they feel like natural facts." -- Richard Wakefield, The Seattle Times "[Wagoner] insures that no person, no creature, no plant goes without a poem inscribing something especially characteristic of it... And that wherever one looks in the world there is something interesting, amusing, or touching, worthy of record." -- Virginia Quarterly Review
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Sometimes his poems have compelling rhetoric that make you think deeply, and his style is at its peak. Other times I feel there is no connection between his words and their actual meaning, just experiences he happened to write down.
Lyricism, as usual, is great, top-notch, and needs no refining. Wonderfully written if you are a Wagoner fan, but if you can, try to get his latest book of collected poems, Traveling Light. That's my favorite poetry book right now. :)
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