IN MEMORY
D.R. WAGNER

November 22, 1943 - December 22, 2023


 

D.R. Wagner passed away on December 22nd, 2023 in Sacramento, CA. He was the author of over twenty books and chapbooks of poetry and letters. Born in Niagra Falls, NY on November 22, 1943, he went on to create press : today : niagara, in Niagara Falls, NY in 1965 and later Runcible Spoon (press) in the late 1960ís, producing over fifty magazines and chapbooks. He co-wrote The Egyptian Stroboscope with d.a. levy in the late 1960ís and in a legendary reading at Sacramento State College in 1969,  he read with Jim Morrison of the Doors  and Michael McClure. He has read with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Al Winans, Viola Weinberg, d.a. levy, E.R. Baxter III, Ed Sanders, Anne Waldman and many other poets over the past 40 years.

His work was much-published and appeared in numerous translations. He exhibited visual poetry with William Burroughs, Byron Gysin, Ian Hamilton Finlay, bp Nichol, bill bissett, J.F. Bory, and John Furnival in venues ranging from The Musee de Arts Decoratifs, Paris, at the Louvre, to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

He was also a visual artist, producing miniature needle-made tapestries that were exhibited internationally, garnering many awards, and are included in numerous publications and museum collections. He was, further, a professional musician, working as a singer-songwriter and playing guitar and keyboards with his band, Runcible Spoon, which toured England and the Bahamas in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He taught design at the University of California, Davis, from 1988 to his retirement in 2015, conducting classes in Design and Poetry in the honors program. The Introduction To Design class he taught was a required class for all design majors.

His most recent books were 97 Poems (2012), The Night Market (2014), Remembering Eternity (2014), Love Poems (2016), Storm Footed - 101 Collected Poems (2017), and The Order Of Events (2018), Distant Lights - a four volume collection (2021), and Vigils (2023).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mildred (Betty) Wagner, and his brother, Robert Wagner. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Beth Wagner-Stacey and Deborah Wagner; his brother Christopher Wagner; his daughter Annalesa Morlock, her husband, Nick Morlock, and their children, Von Morlock (6), Beau Morlok (4);  his daughter Gabrielle Wagner, and her partner, Josh Furnas, and their daughter, Skylar Furnas (4 months).

He is also survived by his cousin, Marylynn Moss, and nieces Jessica Stacey, Dawn Wagner, and Traci Wagner, and nephews Andrew Wagner, and Jonathen (JT) Wagner.

 

VIGILS & SELECTED POEMS

DISTANT LIGHTS: A QUARTET

97 POEMS

LOVE POEMS

REMEMBERING ETERNITY

STORM
FOOTED

THE ORDER OF EVENTS