The Disappearing Act: Poems

The Disappearing Act: Poems

by Sara Pirkle Hughes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881466522
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Georgia native, an identical twin, and a breast cancer survivor. She holds a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. A recipient of writing fellowships from I-Park Foundation, the Anderson Center, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Hughes teaches at the University of Alabama.

Table of Contents

I What You Must Understand 1

The Kingdom of Childhood 3

What You Must Understand 4

After the Bankruptcy 5

Watching an Old Springsteen Concert on TV 6

Kissing Harry Chapin 7

Cicadas 8

Something Closer to Joy 9

Where I Come From 10

My Hometown 11

Field Trips 12

The Sharecropper's Son 13

The Miller and His Wife 14

Doe and Fawn 15

What Hurts 16

II The Miracle of Hands 19

My Brother Pushing the Tire Swing 21

My Grandfather in the Pulpit 22

My Grandmother in Her Kitchen 23

My Husband in the Coffee Shop 24

My Twin Sister in the Print Shop 25

My Father Counting Change at Closing 26

My Father Holding His Father's Hand 27

My Younger Sister Riding Shotgun 28

My Mother After My Fourth Round of Chemo 29

The Miracle of Hands 31

III Pretend You Don't Owe Me a Thing 33

Your Laughing, or My Trying to Make It Happen 35

That Edge 36

Why We Couldn't Stay 38

Waking Up at 4 A.M. on My Neighbor's Porch 40

View from a Bench in February 41

Pretend You Don't Owe Me a Thing 42

Forget Him 43

Beginning with a Line from Millay 44

A Simile for His Name 45

The Morning After Strip Poker 46

The Difference Between a Man and a Woman 47

Anniversary Dinner 48

The Baker 49

If Love Exits 50

IV How We Learn 51

One Song 53

The Conjoined 54

Painting Blackbirds 55

Study Abroad 56

Advice to My Sister About Men 57

The Phone Call 58

The Makeout Party 59

Declaration of a Lab Partner 60

American Tease 61

How We Learn 62

At Twenty 63

At Thirty 64

At Sixty 65

Reflection 66

Elegy for a Stranger 67

Lullaby 68

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