Ron Padgett has reenergized modern poetry with exuberant and tender love poems, exceptionally lucid and touching elegies, and imaginative and action-packed homages to American culture and visual art. From the playful to the profound and from the practical to the political, How to Be Perfect tells us more about how to live well than a library full of self-help books.
2008 Balcones Poetry Prize Finalist
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of 2007
“Ron Padgett makes the most quiet and sensible of feelings a provocatively persistent wonder.” —Robert Creeley
“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.”—Billy Collins