Poetry in our city is still fairly new. David Wagoner likes to say that there wasn’t “another poet within 500 miles” when Theodore Roethke moved to Seattle in 1947. Wagoner was a student of Roethke’s, making him a living bridge from Roethke to the dozens of great poets working in town today, most of whom learned their craft from Wagoner at the University of Washington. Whether he’s reading his own luminescent work or telling a story about the drunks and freaks who immortalize Seattle in verse, an evening with Wagoner is always great fun. (Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, lectures.org, 7:30 pm, $15–$50)