The Love Cook

By Ron Padgett b. 1942 Ron Padgett
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 daquiri,   
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.

“Love Cook,” by Ron Padgett, from You Never Know, © 2001 by Ron Padgett. Used with permission from Coffee House Press. www.coffeehousepress.org.

Source: You Never Know (Coffee House Press, 2001)

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Poet Ron Padgett b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

Subjects Relationships, Love, Eating & Drinking, Activities, Desire

Holidays Valentine's Day

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Poet, editor, and translator Ron Padgett was born in 1942 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. Soliciting and publishing work from poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Robert Creeley, the magazine ran for five issues. Padgett moved to New York City in 1960 to attend Columbia College. Awarded a . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Eating & Drinking, Activities, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

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