The attention that last year's Collected Poems attracted cemented Padgett's reputation as one of our greatest living poets, and this new volume gives him an opportunity to share new work with those who might have been put off by the size and price tag of the collected work. Collected Poems was ineligible for many major prizes because of its size and the amount of previously published work within-Alone and Not Alone gives Ron another chance at the kind of major award and review attention that is reserved for volumes of new work. Ron remains in demand and is as energetic as ever-we can expect the book to be featured by NPR, Garrison Keillor, and other national media. KCRW's Bookworm remains eager to connect with Ron as well. Ron's voice-clear, kind, self-deprecating, funny-has only become more finely honed as he's aged. These are poems that are universally appealing-charming and accessible enough for the casual reader and technically adroit enough for the serious poetry lover.