By Ron Padgett
Following Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Padgett's 2013's Collected Poems (winner of the l. a. occasions publication 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 move round all day
thinking approximately life—
doing so will bring up a barrier
between you and its instants.
You desire these instants
so you will 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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Before the Towers came down— before a lot of things came down. But she 37 has stayed up, on my wife’s dresser. How she died I don’t know, or at what age. C. A. Jensen lived to 78, a long life back then. Good for him. I hope he was as happy as he makes me every time I see his picture. I hope you see it too. 38 Pep Talk Dinner is a damned nice thing as are breakfast and lunch when they’re good and with the one you love. That’s a kind of dancing sitting down and not moving but what dances exactly we do not know nor need to know, it is dancing us around and nothing is moving in the miracle of dinner breakfast and lunch and all the in-betweens that give us pep.
No one in America had a mustache because Hitler had had one and he wasn’t funny he was shouting and shaking his face around a tight nervous fit. Our family was a little nervous but not like that. He had a real problem we had a slight one. One day someone told me to relax. I didn’t know what they meant, I thought we were just the way we were. We had names and identities and we knew who each other was and what to say. So what is “relaxing”? It is turning into someone else in your own body which is what is happening every moment anyway but so slowly we can’t see it— in effect it isn’t occurring though really it is.
Eventually the Ziggurat Configuration comes into play. The weather is hot and humid but the ziggurat keeps climbing itself until it gets to the top, then it comes back down, only to climb back up, and so on. I once had an aunt like this —there was no stopping her— her face in profile formed a ziggurat. We children put glasses of water on the steps, thus representing the soul without knowing that it takes a while to learn that we have one, but 46 by that time the soul had vanished into the process of being itself, like the idea, the bird, and the cloud: song, song, and song.
Alone and not alone by Ron Padgett