Everything Turns Into Something Else Grayson Books, 2019 "These are poems about desire, about the intricate complications of family; and these are poems that move easily between the personal and the larger issues of human life. full of wonderful metaphorical transformations, of one thing turning into something else, Everything Turns Into Something Else is a highly crafted and well organized book of poems in which the poems form a whole that is greater than its parts." --Robert Cording, author of Finding the World's Fullness: On Poetry, Metaphor, and Mystery
"Hereis a vivid, arresting, questioning book, a book that investigates both the visible textures of daily life and “the holiness of hidden things.” In poem after poem, Jeanne Wagner brings extraordinary intelligence and electric language to subjects ranging from ocularists to aeroponics, Demeter to Descartes, a meditation on Oppenheimer’s house to a defense of Goldilocks. It’s a great pleasure to see such a lively mind so fully engaged. Everything Turns Into Something Else is full of wonders.” —John Brehm, author of No Day at the Beach
"Whether her titles are exotic like "Turning a Sentence Dark" or "Epistemology of the Fall," or somewhat familiar like "The Angels" or "Going for the Jugular," Jeanne Wagner brings an originality to whatever she chooses to take on. I love, in particular, how she thinks her way down a page, every line seemingly discovered by the line that preceded it. A wonderful achievement." —Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Pagan Virtues
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In the Body of our Lives Sixteen Rivers Press, 2011 “Jeanne Wagner’s poetry rides through a landscape both familiar in its humanity and astonishingly new. Her fluid syntax and inventive diction flood into hidden and unexpected fissures of experience and memory. She seems to carve out new spaces where images pour into and out of one another and where metaphors appear like undiscovered species, strange yet perfectly adapted to her world. Her imagination ranges from the cellular level to the cosmic reaches and from the Arctic to the Flamingo Motel of Berkeley. She activates the nuances of language itself, its near-lost etymologies and inherent double entendres, to explore the dark complications of home and relationship, grief, emotional deafness, the estranging skin, sin, and redemption. These poems move and amaze and consistently enlighten.” —Jeanne Emmons
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The Zen Piano-Mover Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2004
In her poetry Jeanne Wagner explores universal questions about spaces and connections in human relationships. She reminds her readers of demands made upon us despite "how frail the body's wiring is." Mary Jo Firth Gillett calls this book "a collection to savor."