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Winner of the Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry, Mercer University Press

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Praise for The Disappearing Act:

Sara Pirkle Hughes's debut collection of poetry, The Disappearing Act, is one of the strongest first books that I have read in years. Poems about growing up in a small Southern town, the messy love of family, baking, writing, painting, twinship, and romance, are precise in language, image, and form. Accessible but deeply profound, Hughes's work is essential reading. "Pretend You Don't Owe Me a Thing," Hughes writes. But we all owe her gratitude for these exquisite poems. --Anya Silver, author of Second Bloom and From Nothing

                                     Read Anya Silver's full review in Southern Literary Review.

In her delightful debut collection, Sara Pirkle Hughes effectively and ironically, brings to light and life a dynamic cast of characters… Love and family are the driving force behind these poems whose formal precision and fearlessness and compassion make for an utterly winning first book. --Beth Gylys, author of Spot in the Dark and Sky Blue Enough to Drink