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Ron Padgett

Ron Padgett

Ron Padgett's Zone: Selected Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire will be published by New York Review Books in 2015. Padgett's How Long was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry. His new book is Collected Poems (Coffee House Press, (2013).

Radio in the Distance

to Yvonne Jacquette

Beneath the earth covered with men
with snow atop their heads, down
to where it is dark and deep, to where
the big black vibrating blob of wobble
is humming its one and only note, I lie,
orange hair not in the idea of diagonal,
a Betty not composed of vertical fish
or dog with grid-mark cancellations,
but easy as an orchestra of toy atoms
lazy with buzz and fizzle in their drift
as if above this late and lost Manhattan
spread out like a diagram of what we want
from heaven, wherever it is when we think
we know what it is and even when it really is.

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