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Like “bits of song caught/in the spillway of a beaver dam,” D.R. Wagner’s words
are magic. How else could a poet describe love with such clarity and precision,
while so skillfully accentuating its ethereal nature? Who else would see “birds
landing on the lakes” of his beloved’s eyes, horse-shaped wind leaping though
her hair, a tiny bucolic scene living inside her hand? Who else would sense that
the seasons know his beloved by name? The truth is that in Love Poems the
seasons are the beloved because the beloved is the world. This is the most
transcendent kind of magic. And, as Wagner shows us, the most transcendent magic
does not create illusion but removes it. We see at last that the beloved, the
world, and poetry are all one. How beautiful it is!
—Melissa Studdard, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast
D.R. Wagner’s Love Poems is an extraordinary collection. The poetic rhythms bind
images of earth and heaven in an enraptured dancing within the lovers’ world,
“the court of birds and angels” (“That Curl”). The poems are lyrical
celebrations of love’s enchantment and tenderness, often conveyed through the
music of the natural world. In this work Wagner gives expression to the
experience of deep rapport, a profound sense of the “other,” with clarity and
invention: “. . .angels / gathered at the edges of your mouth” (“There Was a
Little Inn in the Valley”). These are love poems indeed – intimate, warm,
― Ingrid Swanberg - Editor Abraxas Magazine
Kenneth Patchen was the Holy Grail of love poems. The rest of us do the best we
can. Most love poem books are confessional in nature, but D.R. has chosen
another path. Like a marks-man he aims for the heart, only his arrows are
words. He possesses the skill to bring the reader directly into the moment. The
possibilities of what can be, in a way that makes the reader feel the poet is
speaking directly to him or her. He has the skill set to allow the work to fit
into any situation, writing about the state of love, being in the moment, not
the conventional “I” or “We.” In the process, he allows access to an emotional
state of being that works at multi levels. Put on your slippers, pour yourself a
glass of wine, curl up next to the fireplace and explore the many paths of
love’s long winding road.
― A.D. Winans
In this new collection, D.R.Wagner is sui generis, one of a kind, willing to
break from the poetry fashion of our time to remind us once more that love poems
are an essential luxury. These are poems of the earth and starry skies, poems of
treetops and horses, of ordinary and sometimes broken moments in extraordinary
yet quiet lives—all intertwined to lay bare on the page the ever-mysterious
phenomenon called love. Like Neruda’s legendary collection on the subject, D.R.
Wagner’s “Love Poems” stands out in a prolific body of work. Wagner’s
captivating language, original and sensual rhythms, and pure devotion to love on
the page shine through in poem after poem. “Love Poems” charts a poetic map of
the human heart, with Wagner its masterful cartographer.