Ron Padgett 




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Glow английский

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Poem английский

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The Line английский

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Another One английский

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Love Poem английский

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Walking with Walt английский

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Butterfly английский

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Talking to Vladimir Mayakovsky английский

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Alone and Not Alone английский

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Sitting Down Somewhere Else английский

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The Run английский

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Little Elegy английский

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Bastille Day английский

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The Japanese Garden английский

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Ron Padgett 

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* 17.06.1942, Tulsa, OK, США
Место жительства: New York City, США

Ron Padgett was born in 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he attended public schools. His father was primarily a bootlegger who also traded cars, his mother primarily a housewife who also helped with the bootlegging. Around the age of 13, young Ron began scribbling his thoughts and poems in spiral notebooks. This practice followed hard on the heels of his having read, for the first time, "serious" literature.

In high school Ron discovered contemporary literature and started a little magazine called The White Dove Review, along with his friends Dick Gallup and Joe Brainard. In its five issues (1958-1960) the magazine published Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Robert Creeley, LeRoi Jones, Ted Berrigan, and others.

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In 1960 Padgett moved to New York to attend Columbia College, where, over the course of four years in the pursuit of English and Comparative Literature, he was fortunate to study under teachers such as Kenneth Koch, F. W. Dupee, Andrew Chiappe, and Lionel Trilling. After his junior year, Padgett married Patricia Mitchell, whom he had known in Tulsa and who had also immigrated to New York. Other Tulsa émigrés during this period included Brainard, Gallup, and Berrigan.

During his college years, Ron published his work in a number of "underground" literary magazines and gave readings of his poetry in New York City.

In 1965-66 Padgett was able to spend a year in Paris on a Fulbright, studying and translating 20th-century French literature. The following year, Ron and Pat's son Wayne was born. The three set up house in a bohemian apartment in New York in what is now called The East Village, where the parents have lived ever since.

Beginning in the mid-1960s the Padgetts visited Kenward Elmslie and Joe Brainard at the former's house in northern Vermont each summer for fifteen years. Then they constructed their own abode nearby.

In the late 1960s a spate of Padgett's books appeared: Bean Spasms, in collaboration with Berrigan and Brainard, from Kulchur; a translation of Apollinaire's Poet Assassinated, illustrated by Jim Dine, from Holt, Rinehart & Winston; and Great Balls of Fire, poems, also from Holt.

In January of 1969 Kenneth Koch talked Ron into teaching poetry writing to children, which he did for the next nine years. Padgett also served as Director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project 1978-1980. Then he took the position of Publications Director at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, the nonprofit organization that specializes in teaching imaginative writing to children. There he edited and wrote books on that subject for 20 years.

Over the decades he has done a fair amount of traveling in Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, China, and North America.

  • In Advance of the Broken Arm

    New York: C Press, 1964

  • Two Stories for Andy Warhol

    New York: C Press, 1965

  • Sky: An Opener

    Bellingham, WA: Goliards Press, 1966

  • Bean Spasms

    with Ted Berrigan and Joe Brainard

    Kulchur, 1967

  • Great Balls of Fire

    New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969

  • The Adventures of Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Ron

    with Jim Dine

    Grossman/Viking, 1970

  • Antlers in the Treetops

    with Tom Veitch

    Coach House, 1970

  • Sweet Pea

    Aloes, 1971

  • Toujours l’amour

    New York: SUN, 1976

  • Tulsa Kid

    Calais, VT: Z Press, 1979

  • Triangles in the Afternoon

    New York: SUN, 1980

  • The Big Something

    The Figures, 1990

  • New and Selected Poems

    Boston: David R. Godine, 1995

  • Albanian Diary

    The Figures, 1999

  • The Straight Line: Writings on Poetry & Poets

    University of Michigan Press, 2000

  • Poems I Guess I Wrote

    Cuz Editions, 2001

  • You Never Know

    Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2002

  • Oklahoma Tough

    University of Oklahoma, 2003

  • How to Be Perfect

    Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2008

  • The Collected Poems of Ron Padgett

    Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2013

  • Alone and Not Alone

    Coffee House Press, 2015

  • Die schönsten Streichhölzer der Welt

    Gedichte. Englisch – Deutsch

    Hrsg. und übers. von Jan Volker Röhnert

    Mainz: Dieterich'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2017

  • Motor Maids across the Continent

    Song Cave, 2017

  • How to Be Perfect

    Englisch – Deutsch

    Ein Gedicht von Ron Padgett und ebenso persönlichen und konkreten Lebensmaximen von 14 deutschsprachige Autorinnen und Autoren. Hrsg. von Jan Röhnert

    Mainz: Dieterich'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2020

  • 1964 Boar’s Head Poetry Award, Columbia University

  • 1964 George E. Woodberry Poetry Prize, Columbia University

  • 1964 Gotham Bookmart Avant-Garde Poetry Prize

  • 1965 Fulbright Fellowship

  • 1976 National Endowment for the Arts

  • 1982 Creative Artists Public Service, New York

  • 1986 Guggenheim, Poetry

  • 1993 Translation Center Award, Columbia University

  • 1996 Grants to Artists award

  • 1999 American Academy of Arts

  • 1999 Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, French Ministry of Culture and Communication

  • 2003 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship

  • 2008-2013 Chancellor, Academy of American Poets

  • 2009 Shelley Memorial Award

  • 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry

  • 2014 L.A. Times Best Book of Poetry prize

  • 2014 William Carlos Williams Award

  • 2015 Robert Creeley Award

  • 2016 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award (Academy of American Poets)

  • 2017 Frost Medal (Poetry Society of America)