Anatomy Of Keys by Steven Price - Trick

Price $18.00
Sale: $13.50
Save: 25% off

 Shipping Time: Usually Ships in 1 Business Day!
Quantity Guaranteed - More than 24 units left!

Add to Cart:

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 Price's 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 Price's thinking with and through him. "Make it muscular and be apparent in it," says Houdini's archivist/advisor, "words are also escapes." So they are in a book with the sinew of Anatomy of Keys. The facts of Houdini's life are here - immigration to America, youth, circus stint, fame, that notorious life-ending punch - but the facts are the spine of a deep and ardent meditation on what is. In poems of astonishing technical virtuosity, Steven Price reads Houdini's world and our own in compellingly original ways.

Swivel-and-snick sputter of a turned handle.
Bald knob bare in the palm. The torpid click
And calm take of springs triggered far within.

I'd set myself to hear it clear again,
That ordinary hinge and creak and drag
Of doors we live with all our days and lose

The wonder of.

(from "XLIV.iv")

"Steven Price, in his Anatomy of Keys, draws us into the intricacy of Harry Houdini's 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."
- 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: Canada's 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.

Book Dimensions Approximately 5 1/2" x 8 3/4" (14cm x 22cm)
Pages 141

  • Manufactured by:
    Brick Books

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 10 August, 2006.

Digital Twin by SansMinds Creative Lab - DVD
Sign Up for our Newsletter

Ask a question about the Anatomy Of Keys by Steven Price - Trick


BLUFF by Mickael Chatelain - Trick
BLUFF by Mickael Chatelain - Trick
Was $14.95

Now: $5.98

60% Off!
HURRY! Only 1 Left!

Reward Points

No points earned yet on current order.
Log in to see how many reward points you have already earned

Manufacturer Info



Wonderful Customer Service

I have ordered from MJM Magic for a while now and am very happy with the speedy service and quality products. I will continue to order from them and...

Great Help

Thanks for the great help in placing my order for the Blades card decks. When going to PayPal and back, I wasn't sure my order had gone thru. My...

Completely Satisfied!

I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude in the way your company handled my recent order. I have done business with a great many online...


What can say about MJM Magic? Everything is just excellent! I found the RAVEN at a better price on another site and they gave it to me for that...

Thanks Guys!

Always a pleasure doing business with MJM ... complete line of everything, free shipping and QUICK delivery. Love you Guys!

Have an Effect?

Submit A Trick