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New and Selected Poems (Mint First Edition)

Ron Padgett

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ISBN 10: 1567920381 / ISBN 13: 9781567920383
Published by Godine, 1995
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Boston: David R. Godine, 1995. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New in dust jacket. An unread tight copy. Purchased new and never even opened. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 3209

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Title: New and Selected Poems (Mint First Edition)

Publisher: Godine

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition....

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This is the definitive selection of work by one of the wittiest, most inventive poets currently writing. Ron Padgett, author of Great Balls of Fire, Triangles in the Afternoon, and other highly acclaimed books, stands alongside his fellow New York School associates John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler as a major voice of American modernism. His work runs the gamut from popular humor to intellectual elegance to wild richochets of the imagination. The heady circumvolutions of his poems are nevertheless surprising and frequently breathtaking in their ability to blend comedy and pathos in a graceful, mercurial lyricism.

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Like a bicycle messenger on the streets of Manhattan, Padgett (The Big Something) relies on sharp turns, attitude and an unfailing sense of balance rests on a keen awareness of mortality. Here, this veteran of the New York poetry scene delivers three decades' worth of work that includes heartbreakingly simple love poems, fantasia in which the living turn into music and wacky meditations on everything from English etymology to chocolate milk. Several pieces are what the Beats sometimes refer to as "shots," single-minded poems of a single stanza that hit you like two fingers of tequila. Others, including "Wilson '57," a tour of a high-school yearbook, and "The Music Lesson," a hilarious narrative that deals with Mozart and the space-time continuum, ramble on for pages, refusing to shut up. Images veer off in every direction and themes go adrift in streams of consciousness, but the results never fail to excite, as Padgett bends to various purposes observation and language?in his words: "like ha and ah reversed,/ it was symmetry."
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