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How to be Perfect

Genre: Poetry, Fiction; Author: Ron Padgett; Publisher: Coffee House Press

Ron Padgett’s deceptively light poems muse on everyday items (English muffins; a toothbrush), exploring our desires and insecurities in How to be Perfect.

Sample Verse
”Hello, America. It is dawn / wake up and smell yourselves / You smell normal.”

Bottom Line
A few rare long poems on major themes (war; how to be perfect) demonstrate Padgett’s ambition.

Originally posted November 9 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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