Traveler

by Devin Johnston

Traveler

Hardcover, 67 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $23 | purchase

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Devin Johnston's Traveler is, as its title implies, a book about passing through states. So we have poems about birth, Marco Polo, journeys (as in the title poem), the etymological variants of "dragonfly," bird migrations, house wreckers and (why not?) Scotland. Johnston is a formal master who can handle some of poetry's trickiest structures — the two beat lines in "Expecting," for instance — with such

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