Ron Padgett's poetry books include How Long, How to Be Perfect, You Never Know, Great Balls of Fire, and New & Selected Poems. His recent translations include Valery Larbaud's Poems of A. O. Barnabooth (with Bill Zavatsky) and Flash Cards by Yu Jian (with Wang Ping). His Collected Poems is forthcoming later this year from Coffee House Press. For more information, go to www.ronpadgett.com.
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