Perfection

By Patrick Warner

Perfection
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"Warner relishes, in each poem, the discovery of the ugly, the reveal of the rotting underneath and inside. The rhythms feel sometimes like heavy boots on the feet, worn loosely with the laces untied, the writing tumbling occasionally into poetic grace — that silent melody ... Read more


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"Warner relishes, in each poem, the discovery of the ugly, the reveal of the rotting underneath and inside. The rhythms feel sometimes like heavy boots on the feet, worn loosely with the laces untied, the writing tumbling occasionally into poetic grace — that silent melody which pulls the readers in by their necks." — Amy Andersen, Scene

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"A complex poet, capable of seriousness and thought as well as whimsy and play."

"And there you have it: Warner's gift for casting a spell with the sure-wristedness of an experienced fisherman."

Ruth Roach Pierson

"Warner's poems can be comical, tender, brutal... they are always enlightening in their implied connections, sublime in their musical inventiveness."

"Warner's poetic here often reminds me of Don Coles, whose sense of craft sometimes seems coldly objective: illuminating, but not warming. Subjects with great emotional potential are observed through a detached lens. When it works well, the poem contains an explosive punch and has the music and mechanics to set you up to release it. Warner does this consistently well, and when you come to a warm poem, like ‘Thanksgiving,’ he does that well, too.’ "

Chris Jennings

"Patrick Warner eases through the misery of the mundane we all endure as humans. Sure, pathos and those other Mouseketeers show up, but these tongues are looking for cheek. Perfection is a hearty breath of grit. ... Warner is riffing redolent and with a roue's regard. This is fun, articulate stuff. ... Warner's poems are rooted to an oral tradition that splashes words against the rocks of reason to watch the rainbow in the mist and spray."

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