The Disappearing Trick

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  • Author(s): Roberts, Len
  • Series:
    Illinois Poetry Series
  • Publication Information:
    Urbana : University of Illinois Press. 2007
  • معلومة اضافية
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      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 girl's 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.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780252031281. 9780252073748. 9780252092275.
    • Accession Number:
      841171407
    • Accession Number:
      569887
    • Publication Information:
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ROBERTS, L. The Disappearing Trick. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. ISBN 9780252031281. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 18 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Roberts L. The Disappearing Trick. Urbana: University of Illinois Press; 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428. Accessed January 18, 2020.
    • APA:
      Roberts, L. (2007). The Disappearing Trick. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Roberts, Len. 2007. The Disappearing Trick. Illinois Poetry Series. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Roberts, L. (2007) The Disappearing Trick. Urbana: University of Illinois Press (Illinois Poetry Series). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 18 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Roberts, L 2007, The Disappearing Trick, Illinois Poetry Series, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, viewed 18 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Roberts, Len. The Disappearing Trick. University of Illinois Press, 2007. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Roberts, Len. The Disappearing Trick. Illinois Poetry Series. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Roberts L. The Disappearing Trick [Internet]. Urbana: University of Illinois Press; 2007 [cited 2020 Jan 18]. (Illinois Poetry Series). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=569887&custid=s8280428

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2007 August #1

Autobiography is the mediocre default mode of modern American poetry, yet Roberts, who has mined his dysfunctional family of origin, Catholic schooling, libidinous longings, and other personal tribulations for decades, writes outstanding autobiographical poetry by carefully conjuring the scenes, actions, and sequences of what he reports and letting those details, rather than any stated feelings about them, evoke the reader's empathy. Moreover, his poems are like IMAX films of the imagination; it takes real effort to disengage from them. The reader isn't the father trying to get more than monosyllables out of his scion in "At the Breakfast Table with My Seventeen-Year-Old Son," nor the boy trying to please mother in "Washing the Steps," nor the son recalling dead parents and a mad brother, nor the friend checking in on a much older fellow poet, nor any of the other speakers of Roberts' poems. But Roberts so reliably implicates our common humanity that it feels as if the reader were all those people. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.