Perfection by Patrick WarnerPerfection by Patrick Warner

Perfection

byPatrick Warner

Paperback | September 28, 2012

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Patrick Warner's Perfection — the follow-up to his award-winning Mole — makes a carnival of our most potent and dangerous obsessions. A factory outlet sells designer human parts at cut-rate prices, a midlife crisis becomes a cleansing ritual, a chocolate-chip pancake stands accused at trial, and the predatory voice of anorexia speaks to a transfixed audience.

In descending the rabbit hole of this wildly imaginative collection, we find ourselves amid a field of engagement where destructive ideals of beauty, politics, art, romantic love, and spirituality are ambushed by roguish parody, acerbic satire, life-affirming laughter, and a hard-won pragmatism. And while Warner's trademark playfulness and formal ingenuity remain intact, his classic arms-length objectivity gives ground to a private and autobiographical directness of style often evaded in his earlier work.

In Perfection, where death is certain and certainty is hell-bent on death, Warner refuses to rest on his laurels, continuing to build on his reputation as one of the most respected voices in Canadian poetry.

Born in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland, Patrick Warner (1963) emigrated to Canada in 1980. He completed a master’s of library and information science degree at the University of Western Ontario. He is the recipient of several Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards for poetry.
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Title:PerfectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.03 × 5.53 × 0.24 inPublished:September 28, 2012Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864926839

ISBN - 13:9780864926838

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"Patrick Warner eases through the misery of the mundane we all endure as humans. Sure, pathos and those other Mousekateers 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." — michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca