By Ron Padgett
Following Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Padgett's 2013's Collected Poems (winner of the l. a. instances booklet Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize) Alone and never Alone deals new poems that see the area in a transparent and beneficiant light.
From "The international of Us":
Don't cross round all day
thinking approximately life—
doing so will bring up a barrier
between you and its instants.
You desire these instants
so you will be in them,
and i want 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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