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Ron Padgett: The Wonderful, Witty, Tulsa-Born, New York City-Based Poet

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, Oklahoma – In the 1950s and 1960s, in New York City, an early post-modernist movement with both artistic and literary facets took hold, and it came to be known as the New York School. Indeed, a few of the early-1960s participants in this movement were actually young writers/artists with Tulsa roots. Our guest today is one of those writers, Ron Padgett --- and his latest book is a collection of poems called "How to Be Perfect." It's a typically funny, smart, moving, accessible, and engaging volume. Padgett is also participating in the "Tulsa School Literary Festival and Conference," which is being presented from today (the 5th) through the 7th by both the TU English Department and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (For more on Ron Padgett, visit http://ronpadgett.com.)