How to Be Perfect

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
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Poetry. Ron Padgett has a gift for making poetry that is simultaneously funny and artful. He lays down lines that start as giggles, grow to hearty chuckles, and then give way to wispy thoughts of strange significance. "HOW TO BE PERFECT should remind us of how long Ron Padgett has managed to stay perfectly balanced on a tightrope of irony despite his verbal giddiness and the uproariousness of his imagination. I wish he would loan me his sunglasses for a day or two so I could check out the amazing world according to Padgett" -- Billy Collins.

Table of Contents

Mortal combatp. 1
Rinsop. 2
Topsp. 3
The Swiss family Robinsonp. 4
Blizzard cubep. 5
Rialtop. 6
Everybody and his unclep. 7
Toothbrushp. 13
There was a man of Thessalyp. 14
History lessonp. 15
The question busp. 16
The nailp. 17
Mirp. 18
Why I would like to have been a twelfth-century Christianp. 19
For Morris Goldep. 20
Now at the Saharap. 21
How to be perfectp. 22
Sea chanteyp. 31
Downstairsp. 32
Nailsp. 33
It is almost unbearablep. 34
Country roomp. 35
Jeopardyp. 37
Sitting down somewhere elsep. 38
The art of the sonnetp. 39
The alpinistp. 40
Gothic redp. 42
Charlie Chan wins againp. 43
Thinking about the moonp. 44
This for thatp. 45
Nellyp. 46
Very post-impressionismp. 47
The absolutely huge and incredible injustice in the worldp. 48
Afternoonp. 59
All in whitep. 60
Dead or alive in Belgiump. 61
Whiz and bangp. 63
Standoff with frostyp. 64
A train for Kennethp. 65
In memoriam K.p. 66
The Goldberg variationsp. 67
Mad scientistp. 68
Hound dogp. 69
Fantasy blockp. 70
Words from the frontp. 71
Pikakirjoitusvihkop. 72
To the Russian poetsp. 83
Constructionp. 84
Why God did what he didp. 85
The idea of being hurled at Key Westp. 86
Judy hollidayp. 87
Methodp. 88
Bedp. 95
The breakfast nookp. 96
The staplerp. 97
Different kinds of inkp. 98
Sketchp. 99
Aubadep. 100
Do you like it?p. 101
Drivep. 102
Slight foxingp. 103
Blinkp. 106
Bird's eyep. 107
Now you see itp. 108
Herculesp. 109
Bible studyp. 110
Elegy for no onep. 112
C notep. 113
Bastille dayp. 114
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