Alone and not alone by Ron Padgett

By Ron Padgett

Following Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Padgett's 2013's Collected Poems (winner of the l. a. occasions booklet Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize) Alone and never Alone bargains new poems that see the area in a transparent and beneficiant light.

From "The international of Us":

Don't cross round all day
thinking approximately life—
doing so will increase a barrier
between you and its instants.
You desire these instants
so you may be in them,
and i would like you to be in them with me
for i believe the realm of us
and the mysterious barricades
that make it possible.

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Therefore, lie down and rest. The afternoon is mild and your love is not driving you crazy, temporarily. 31 A rest might give you the strength to look love straight in the eye and not fade into granules and mist. Reverdy said “One must try to live”— the statement of a man who didn’t love or wasn’t loved enough. A small rectangle of light lay on his floor and his shoe flashed as it went by. His wife was hidden in the kitchen, his girlfriend hidden in celebrity, his God just hidden. Pierre opened the kitchen door, the trap door of fame, and the side of the cathedral, but there was nothing there, and when he opened his heart he found only a rectangle of sunlight on the floor.

Ah, Auden, no Bobby for you. Just these daffodils in a clean white vase. 27 The Pounding Rabbit After a clock designed by Neya Churyoku (1897–1987) If you know the Japanese folktale about the rabbit that ended up on the moon, you will not be puzzled by a table clock depicting a rabbit pounding rice cakes on the moon, but if you do not know this story you will look at the clock and pound your own head in disbelief, as if to knock from it the spirit you wish to offer to the gods who munch the rice cakes and never turn to say thank you except by sending down a genius to create such a clock, such a rabbit.

And so singing. 33 “But that’s what I did,” says Pierre out of nowhere. ” And then, like a Frenchman, he left, before I had a chance to throw him around the room, but with respect, affection, and mountains, the kind they had in the century he was born in, mountains as black as his tomb, which I am unable to throw around now that his wife’s in there too. Henriette: her name. ) I will tell you this tonight. 34 The Elevation of Ideals To construct a set of ideals, a toy tool kit suffices, provided that the handles of the hammer, saw, and screwdriver are of wood and painted light blue.

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