How to be Perfect 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… Fiction Poetry Coffee House Press
Book Review

How to be Perfect

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: Ron Padgett; Genres: Fiction, Poetry; 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 Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints