Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Ron Padgett
Collected Poems
Coffee House Books, 2013

The Love Cook

Let me cook you some dinner.  
Sit down and take off your shoes  
and socks and in fact the rest  
of your clothes, have a daiquiri,  
turn on some music and dance  
around the house, inside and out,  
it’s night and the neighbors  
are sleeping, those dolts, and  
the stars are shining bright,  
and I’ve got the burners lit  
for you, you hungry thing.

Here's the whole house, and the kitchen sink, but not the collaborations with others, nor as I recall the fine translations. I am reading a borrowed copy. But I am reading and reading and reading. And happy to say the book is as impressive as it looks.