tHE DISAPPEARING ACT
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
This poem has been constructed with the “erasure” method; the original source material was a pamphlet from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) about James Turrell. The words appear in the same order that they appear in the pamphlet, but as I deleted the majority of the text, most of the word combinations / lines sound completely different from the original text.
Link: The Speed of Light
This poem is based on something my siblings and I witnessed as children. I am honored that One Sentence Poems nominated it for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.
Link: The Fire Next Door