Ken Tucker
November 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

How to be Perfect

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ron Padgett
publisher
Coffee House Press
genre
Poetry, Fiction

We gave it an A-

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.

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