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Following Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Padgett's 2013's Collected Poems (winner of the l. a. occasions e-book Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize) Alone and never Alone bargains new poems that see the realm in a transparent and beneficiant light.

From "The global of Us":

Don't pass round all day
thinking approximately life—
doing so will increase a barrier
between you and its instants.
You desire these instants
so you'll be in them,
and i would like you to be in them with me
for i feel the realm of us
and the mysterious barricades
that make it possible.

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Alone and not alone

Following Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Padgett's 2013's amassed Poems (winner of the la occasions booklet Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize) by myself and never on my own deals new poems that see the area in a transparent and beneficiant mild. From "The global of Us":Don't move round all daythinking approximately life—doing so will bring up a barrierbetween you and its instants.

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Or did they bring you? ” and we looked around, but there was no Bobby there. Ah, Auden, no Bobby for you. Just these daffodils in a clean white vase. 27 The Pounding Rabbit After a clock designed by Neya Churyoku (1897–1987) If you know the Japanese folktale about the rabbit that ended up on the moon, you will not be puzzled by a table clock depicting a rabbit pounding rice cakes on the moon, but if you do not know this story you will look at the clock and pound your own head in disbelief, as if to knock from it the spirit you wish to offer to the gods who munch the rice cakes and never turn to say thank you except by sending down a genius to create such a clock, such a rabbit.

So you may as well take off your hat and stay a while, which is what you always planned on anyway. The nineteenth century, what a tremendous thing to be in love in! Cottages go by and music piles up 30 like excited dead people. They stop but don’t, like sleeping people who are alive, but it’s not that easy, the century is more complicated than one had expected now that everyone has a pot and a pan but not a love of the pot and the pan. Still, look at those sailing ships on the wide main and the stairways that spiral into heaven and that bird with a long red beard sticking straight up!

It’s our chance to separate ourselves into numerous pieces and have them go in different directions, reassembling what time had dispersed in the form of granules and mist. Or was it even really there? A nightingale warbled the tune it was supposed to so the world would calm down. There’s nothing wrong with resting alongside this shady rill and taking medications as if they were piles of stones placed at intervals by people who must have had a meaning in mind but with no thought of telling you what it was, for they didn’t know that you would exist.

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