Birthdays Before and After By Puma Perl

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The 32 poems in Birthdays Before and After address birthdays of the poet and others as touchstones: annual celebrations of survival and hope. Perl starts in search of a perfect day, driven by a survey of friends and relatives to decide for herself in the book's opening poem "The Most Perfect Day." By the book's close she has transcended the need for the Perfect Day, and discovers solace in "The Most Perfect Imperfect Day" with these closing lines, all I have left is you and/what could have been on those most perfect/imperfect days