„It’s fun / to stand there / puzzled for a wink, then go back down / and ping! remember / what I went up for / and go back up / for it. And there / it is: this poem for you.” Ron Padgett
You Never Know is Padgett’s second poetry book published in Poland. It is a fascinating collection of mysterious visions and exceptional beauty infiltrated with dynamic language, describing profoundly each piece of reality. It’s a must-have for all seekers of riddles of the world and weak spots of humanity.
„First poems of Padgett stumbled on each other and spilled in front of our eyes. (…) Posterior poems seem more disciplined and logical, but the severity of logic of the utterance is apparent: a consistently built meaning ends suddenly with a foolishness, a comment made out of nowhere, is supposedly a continuation of the utterance, but in fact it is turning the tables. It is Padgett's favourite trick. You never know, what will happen within minutes." /Jacek Gutorow
About the author:
Ron Padgett — born in 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the late 1950’s, he co-founded a literary magazine „The White Dove Review” and met few rising stars of the new American poetry. An acquaintance with Ted Berrigan was the most significant — soon afterwards both poets became the stem of the second-generation New York School poetry.
In 1960, Padgett started studying in New York and found himself right in the middle of the new American art. In 1969, he published his first book of poetry Great Balls of Fire. The most important poetry books include: Tulsa Kid (1979), New and Selected Poems (1995), You Never Know (2002), How To Be Perfect (2007).
Details of the publication:
Translation: Jacek Gutorow
Layout: Kim Bochenek
Publisher: Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris
Year and place of publishing: Katowice 2008
The book was published after meeting with the poet during ⅩⅤ Ars Cameralis Festival.