Anatomy of Keys

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Brick Books, May 29, 2006 - Poetry - 141 pages
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Poetry. "Make it muscular and be apparent in it," observes Houdini's amanuensis, "words are also escapes." And so they are in a book with the sinew of ANATOMY OF KEYS. In this, Steven Price's brilliant first collection, the familiar contours of Harry Houdini's life are traced anew, from his arrival in America as a child named Ehrich Weiss to the stomach punch that caused an untimely death, and on that armature Price builds a profound reading of Houdini's time and ours. These poems--improbable escapes, astonishingly executed through the figure of Houdini--form the spine of a deep and ardent meditation on what is. "The long poem will never be the same again thanks to Steven Price's remarkable gift as a poet. He has produced for us a masterpiece, a book to be thankful for"--Patrick Lane. Steven Price's work has appeared previously in Breathing Fire 2. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Writing Program, and currently teaches writing at the University of Victoria.

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The Escapologist
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The Circus at the End of the World
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Steven Price holds degrees from the University of Victoria (BFA) and the University of Virginia (MFA). His first book, Anatomy of Keys (Brick Books, 2006), won the Gerald Lampert Award, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and was named a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets, Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets, and Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets, and has been translated into German and Hungarian.

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