Ron Padgett’s books include the poetry collections How to Be Perfect, You Never Know, Great Balls of Fire, and New & Selected Poems, as well as three memoirs, Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan; Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers; and Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard. His translations include Blaise Cendrars’s Complete Poems, Guillaume Apollinaire’s Poet Assassinated, and, with Bill Zavatsky, Valery Larbaud’s Poems of A. O. Barnabooth. In 2008 he was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

 

 

 

 

 

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