Anatomy of Keys
A tour de force, a book-length poem, embracing a wide variety of poetic and prose forms, to tell the story of Harry Houdini.
Steven Priceís Houdini knows better than most the limitations of life, having bent the efforts of a lifetime to transcending them, and having failed. Ah, but his thinking! Or rather Steven Priceís thinking with and through him. "Make it muscular and be apparent in it," says Houdiniís archivist/advisor, "words are also escapes." So they are in a book with the sinew of Anatomy of Keys. The facts of Houdiniís life are hereóimmigration to America, youth, circus stint, fame, that notorious life-ending punchóbut the facts are the spine of a deep and ardent meditation on what is. In poems of astonishing technical virtuosity, Steven Price reads Houdiniís world and our own in compellingly original ways.
Swivel-and-snick sputter of a turned handle.
Iíd set myself to hear it clear again,
The wonder of.
"Steven Price, in his Anatomy of Keys, draws us into the intricacy of Harry Houdiniís character, as the Master himself entered trunks, chains, a web of knots. In poem after poem, there is the miraculous surprise of release. These are moving, brilliant poems, a remarkable debut." Ė Tim Lilburn
Steven Price was born and raised in Colwood, BC. His work has appeared in Canadian and American literary journals. He is one of the poets in Breathing Fire 2: Canadaís New Poets, edited by Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane. Price graduated from the University of Virginia Writing Program, and currently teaches poetry and writing at the University of Victoria.
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