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The Disappearing Trick
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In The Disappearing Trick, Len Roberts wrestles with the loss of loved ones--whether that loss be through death, a son moving away to college, or simply how people fade from our lives and memories. Hybrids of the narrative and lyric form, these poems are models of indirect statement that have, as Sharon Olds has said, emotional courage, powerful music, and a deep balance.? Like the light shining on a face, or a girls thigh back in a sixth-grade class, the poems often come as Proustian flashes--lasting just a second, but seeming eternal--amid an increasing darkness. _x000B_

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. I
  1. Washing the Steps
  2. p. 3
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  1. My Old Friend, My Daughter, October, Wassergass
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. I blame it on him
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. I CAN"T FORGET YOU.
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. The Silent Archangels
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. The Eternal Present of the Ancient Chinese Poems
  2. p. 12
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  1. Cover Girl Sparkle
  2. p. 13
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  1. Flicking
  2. p. 14
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  1. Receiving at the Kneeling Rail
  2. p. 15
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  1. The Disappearing Trick
  2. p. 16
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  1. Pear Tart
  2. p. 17
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  1. II
  1. Pitching in the Aggie
  2. p. 21
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  1. A Room for Jesus
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. The Right Dress
  2. p. 24
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  1. The starlings fill the trees
  2. p. 25
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  1. At the Breakfast Table with My Seventeen-Year-Old Son
  2. p. 26
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  1. Car on the Road, Late July, Wassergass
  2. p. 27
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  1. Letter to HC in the Hospital
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. MISSING
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Fireflies at the Cohoes Drive-In
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. The saints always
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Card Game
  2. p. 36
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  1. III
  1. Indulgences for the Dead
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. In the Expert Valet Clothing Shop
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Another Lent, the purple shrouds
  2. p. 43
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  1. Trying to Read Han Shan
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Limbo, Wassergass
  2. p. 46
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  1. Poison Sumac
  2. p. 47
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  1. Lucky
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. Suet
  2. p. 50
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  1. Bullfrog, Wassergass
  2. p. 51
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  1. Sequence
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Sleep-Eaze
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. IV
  1. The Chasm
  2. p. 59
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  1. Four-Way Switch
  2. p. 60
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  1. The Ninth Circle, Wassergass
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. I keep repeating the name of the concerto
  2. p. 63
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  1. Letter #3 to Carruth about the Heron
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Hanging Tinsel
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Snowflakes in Hell
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Considering Aunt Bea's white Toyota Celica
  2. p. 70
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  1. Right after Mass
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Inside the dim kitchen the rosary
  2. p. 73
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  1. Window Candle
  2. p. 74
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  1. V
  1. Heaven's Gate
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Our Son Leaves His Miniature Japanese Sand Garden Behind Because There Will Be No Room in the Dorm
  2. p. 79
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  1. Compensate
  2. p. 80
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  1. The Failed Trick
  2. p. 81
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  1. My Father, Setting the Line, Sunny October
  2. p. 82
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  1. Monitoring Impulses
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Sister Aquinas, Questioning
  2. p. 85
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  1. Peaches in Pennsylvania Late August
  2. p. 86
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  1. What does a man who's 55 say
  2. p. 87
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  1. Window of Our Soul
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Dinner with My Son, Casey Lynn's Diner, Hellertown
  2. p. 90
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  1. Back Cover
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