Ron Padgett

Ron Padgett Poems

Here is my philosophy:
Everything changes (the word "everything"
has just changed as the
word "change" has: it now

The little clock dings the night on the roof.
It hurries towerd the mystery of luck.

Oh God! It's great!
to have someone fix you
chocolate milk


I'm in the house.
It's nice out: warm

It's very easy to get.
Just keep living and you'll find yourself
getting more and more of it.
You can keep it or pass it on,

'And then there were three
whereas before there had been four
or two

Everything is perfect, dear friend.

Get some sleep.

It's funny when the mind thinks about the psyche,
as if a grasshopper could ponder a helicopter.

It's a bad idea to fall asleep

Let me cook you some dinner.
Sit down and take off your shoes

A second ago my heart thump went
and I thought, “This would be a bad time
to have a heart attack and die, in the
middle of a poem,' then took comfort

The morning coffee. I'm not sure why I drink it. Maybe it's the ritual
of the cup, the spoon, the hot water, the milk, and the little heap of
brown grit, the way they come together to form a nail I can hang the

Ron Padgett Biography

Ron Padgett (born June 17, 1942 Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American poet, essayist, fiction writer, translator, and a member of the New York School. Bean Spasms, Padget's first collection of poems, was published in 1967 and written with Ted Berrigan. He won a 2009 Shelley Memorial Award. As a 17 year-old high school student, he co-founded the avant-garde lit journal The White Dove Review. Collaborating with fellow Central High students Dick Gallup and Joe Brainard, along with University of Tulsa (TU) student-poet Ted Berrigan, Padgett audaciously solicited work for the White Dove from Black Mountain and Beat Movement writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, LeRoi Jones, e.e. cummings, and Malcolm Cowley. To Padgett's surprise, most of the writers submitted work to the journal. Notably, The White Dove Review printed "The Thrashing Doves" by Jack Kerouac, "My Sad Self (for Frank O'Hara)" by Allen Ginsberg, "Crap and Cauliflower" by Carl Larsen, and "Redhead" by Paul Blackburn, among many others. After five issues, Padgett and co. retired the White Dove and fled Tulsa for New York, where they integrated into the New York School. Padgett received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1964 and studied creative writing at Wagner College with Kay Boyle, Howard Nemerov, and Kenneth Koch. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and studied 20th-century French literature in Paris during 1965 and 1966. In 1996, he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. Padgett was a poetry workshop instructor at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, New York, NY, from 1968–69 and a poet in various New York City Poets in the Schools programs from 1969-76. He was director of publications for Teachers & Writers Collaborative from around 1982 to 1999. His works on education and writing include The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms (editor), The Teachers & Writers Guide to Walt Whitman (editor), Educating the Imagination (co-editor), and many others. He was also editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine from 1980 to 2000. He was a cofounder/publisher of Full Court Press (publisher) and editor from 1973-88. He has lectured at educational institutions, including Atlantic Center for the Arts and Columbia University, He has also been the host of a radio series on poetry and the designer of computer writing games.)

The Best Poem Of Ron Padgett

Ladies And Gentlemen In Outer Space

Here is my philosophy:
Everything changes (the word "everything"
has just changed as the
word "change" has: it now
means "no change") so
quickly that it literally surpasses my belief,
charges right past it
like some of the giant
ideas in this area.
I had no beginning and I shall have
no end: the beam of light
stretches out before and behind
and I cook the vegetables
for a few minutes only,
the fewer the better. Butter
and serve. Here is my
philosophy: butter and serve.

Ron Padgett Comments

Roger B. 19 September 2019

I read a book of poetry by Ron Padgett and I noticed ten minutes had passed. It was a good ten minutes.

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Emily 12 January 2019

Hello guys! Have any of you read the poem What are you on by Ron Padgett? I'm working on an assignment and I need some help regarding the interpretation. What is he talking about in that poem? Thank you in advance!

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Peter Gammie 18 January 2017

Oh for a rhyme!

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Yanina Audisio 10 September 2014

Such a fluid writing! Pagett´s poems lead you into a great swirl, while you think you´re just admiring the view. Greetings from Argentina.

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Chuck Goldman 16 January 2005

Since nobody wrote a comment about Ron Padgett i must correct this inequity! Ron Padgett is a hilarious and erudite (although i hate this word) poet, who has brought me to the point of wheezing, of holding up my hand to gesture STOP! i need to pee Ron Padgett has made me pee from laughter i love this poet, whose frenchness belies the fact that he is from Tulsa a very unfrench place. But if there is an aire apparent to Appollinaire a ladder to climb to greet old Max Jacob a strange urge to run when meeting Andre Breton it is a place held (oh so strongly) in my heart by Ron Padgett Chuck Goldman

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