|About the Book|
Eighteen poems ranging 1965-1999 that have two things in common: theyre written by Ron Padgett but hes not completely sure. No, he did write them, but as he explains, Like the surrealist poet Robert Desnos, who could go into a trance, write a poem, and, on awakening, be baffled by his own scribblings, the author of these poems, looking through old folders and notebooks, has discovered poems that, though undeniably his own, he has little or no recollection of having written. Nevertheless the author is mysteriously attracted to these forgotten trysts with the Muse and willing to collect them hereperhaps presumptuouslyunder his own name, with the hope that the reader, with a memory better than the authors, will not later think of them as Poems I Guess I Read. The books a wonderful little shadow recapitulation of nearly the entire length of the authors career. With a cover and five drawings by Padgetts frequent collaborator, the marvelous George Schneeman.