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Ron Padgett

(1942 / Tulsa, Oklahoma)

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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, ... more »

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  • Jonathan Kundra (11/3/2013 3:38:00 AM)

    I remember Ron Padgett
    in the heroic NYC mid-1960s
    His easy elegance
    Already
    A gentleman and scholar.

  • Chuck Goldman (1/16/2005 3:22:00 PM)

    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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