“Ladies and Gentlemen in Outer Space” by Ron Padgett
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
Ladies and Gentlemen in Outer Space
Here is my philosophy: Everything changes (the word "everything" has just changed as the word "change" has: it now means "no change") so quickly that it literally surpasses my belief, charges right past it like some of the giant ideas in this area. I had no beginning and I shall have no end: the beam of light stretches out before and behind and I cook the vegetables for a few minutes only, the fewer the better. Butter and serve. Here is my philosophy: butter and serve.
from New & Selected Poems, 1963 1992, 1995
David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc.
Copyright 2001 by Ron Padgett.
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About the Poet
Ron Padgett (1942- ) is the author of over 20 poetry collections, including Alone and Not Alone (Coffee House Press, 2015). A poet, editor, and translator, Padgett was born in Tulsa Oklahoma. As a high-school student he founded the avant-garde literary journal The White Dove Review with his friends and fellow students Joe Brainard and Dick Gallup.
Learn more about Ron Padgett at The Poetry Foundation.