Alone and Not Alone

Poetry by Ron Padgett

May 12, 2015 • 6 x 9 • 84 Pages • 978-1-56689-401-2

Wry, generous, lucid poems from one of contemporary poetry’s living masters.

Following Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Padgett's 2013's Collected Poems (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize), Alone and Not Alone offers new poems that see the world in a clear and generous light.

About the Author

Ron Padgett grew up in Tulsa and has lived mostly in New York City since 1960. Among his many honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters poetry award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Padgett’s How Long was Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry and his Collected Poems won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Los Angeles Times prize for the best poetry book of 2013. In addition to being a poet, he is also the translator of Guillaume Apollinaire, Pierre Reverdy, and Blaise Cendrars. His own work has been translated into eighteen languages.

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“Padgett’s disarming poems is always a delight, and Alone and Not Alone certainly does not disappoint. . . . Lighthearted as these painterly definitions may appear, they presume a poet willing to deconstruct art and the meaning of art with a good-natured but nonetheless surgical incisiveness.” New York Journal of Books

“Padgett is a poet of transcendental lucidity and he makes it appear real easy.” The Poetry Project Newsletter

"The beloved New York School poet Ron Padgett returns in 2015 with Alone and Not Alone." Flavorwire

“Robert Clawson calls Ron Padgett a ‘devilishly delightful poet,’ and you only have to receive one of his charming and lively emails to guess that his clever puckishness will carry over to his poetry.” Mass Poetry

“It should be no surprise that his latest collection of poetry, Alone and Not Alone due out in May of this year from Coffee House Press, is anything less another feather in his cap.” Delta Howl

“Padgett’s highly anticipated new poetry collection.” BuzzFeed

“Padgett writes with huge variety. . . . His nuttiness is what makes his poems so tangibly human and gives them an infectious personality that, even without any interpretation, is simply enjoyable to witness.” The Wesleyan Argus

“The charm of [Padgett’s] lines—and their power, because his work has a way of disarming you and pulling you in again and again—often comes from his allergy to anything pretentious or even ‘poetic.’ He makes plain niceness look like the most radical stance of all.” New York Times