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100 tricks every boy can do : how my brother disappeared /
Kim Stafford.
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San Antonio, Tex. : Trinity University Press, c2012.
description
vii, 202 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
1595341366 (pbk.), 9781595341365 (pbk.)
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imprint
San Antonio, Tex. : Trinity University Press, c2012.
isbn
1595341366 (pbk.)
9781595341365 (pbk.)
abstract
""Interrogates memory to find a brother lost to suicide, portraying two boys against the backdrop of an atypical 1950s American family. Their father, a poet and pacifist, occupies a large presence in their lives as they forge identities together and apart, and ultimately through loss"--Provided by publisher"--
"Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest children of the poet and pacifist William Stafford, were pals. Bret was the good son, the obedient public servant, Kim the itinerant wanderer. In this family of two parent teachers, with its intermittent celebration of "talking recklessly," there was a code of silence about hard things: Why tell what hurts? As childhood pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret, unable to reveal his troubles. Against a backdrop of the 1960s - puritan in the summer of love, pacifist in the Vietnam era - Bret became a casualty of his interior war and took his life in 1988. 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do casts spells in search of the lost brother: climbing the water tower to stand naked under the moon, cowboys and Indians with real bullets, breaking into church to play a serenade for God, struggling for love, and making bail. In this book, through a brother's devotions, the lost saint teaches us about depression, the tender ancestry of violence, the quest for harmonious relations, and finally the trick of joy."--
catalogue key
8785159
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"Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest children of the poet and pacifist William Stafford, were pals. Bret was the good son, the obedient public servant, Kim the itinerant wanderer. In this family of two parent teachers, with its intermittent celebration of "talking recklessly," there was a code of silence about hard things: Why tell what hurts? As childhood pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret, unable to reveal his troubles. Against a backdrop of the 1960s - puritan in the summer of love, pacifist in the Vietnam era - Bret became a casualty of his interior war and took his life in 1988. 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do casts spells in search of the lost brother: climbing the water tower to stand naked under the moon, cowboys and Indians with real bullets, breaking into church to play a serenade for God, struggling for love, and making bail. In this book, through a brother's devotions, the lost saint teaches us about depression, the tender ancestry of violence, the quest for harmonious relations, and finally the trick of joy."--""Interrogates memory to find a brother lost to suicide, portraying two boys against the backdrop of an atypical 1950s American family. Their father, a poet and pacifist, occupies a large presence in their lives as they forge identities together and apart, and ultimately through loss"--Provided by publisher"--
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Trickp. 1
Good Night
"Every night when we were small…"p. 5
No Giftp. 8
"Would it make you sad?"p. 13
Broken Topp. 15
"I never will marry"p. 17
Scuppersp. 18
"To thine own self"p. 19
"Give me your notebook"p. 20
Résumép. 22
Bus Tagp. 27
"You can't buy this song"p. 27
"Do you ever hunt with a pistol?"p. 29
Woman RCMPp. 31
The Good Timep. 32
GOD BLESS YOU
Poems for Grubiap. 37
Our Skyp. 40
Lost Wordsp. 42
Cheating Deathp. 45
"Come on in"p. 46
The Indian Blanketp. 47
The Smartest Petp. 48
The Liep. 49
Rope in the Riverp. 52
Treasure Thiefp. 52
Binocularsp. 56
Doctor Bretp. 57
We're Palsp. 58
The Wandererp. 59
Wizard Fallsp. 60
Two Birds with One Stonep. 61
Strawberry Fieldsp. 61
Fourp. 64
Murder Bridgep. 65
Buying Frijolesp. 66
Shooting My Brotherp. 67
Smoking Leavesp. 68
Ball of Firep. 69
Uncle Mileyp. 71
Roundsp. 72
Proud of Her Prowp. 75
Les Misérablesp. 77
Sweet Little Gunp. 78
1909-sp. 79
Trick or Treat for UNICEFp. 82
Calculusp. 83
Crevassep. 86
Ordealp. 88
Super Duperp. 92
Reverend Jimp. 93
Darknessp. 97
"Did the world thank Uncle Bret?"p. 99
Our Roadp. 100
"You said you would be home"p. 101
Have Sweet Dreams
A Cornfield in Iowap. 105
The Water Towerp. 109
Kesterp. 115
Puritan Pleasuresp. 117
The Road to Parisp. 126
One of the Silencesp. 128
Collegep. 129
Lottery Nightp. 133
Dodgin' the Draftp. 137
Carnaby Streetp. 140
The Sweetbriarp. 141
Child of Luckp. 143
"I've asked my nephew"p. 144
A Week of Honeyp. 145
Thirteen Cemeteriesp. 145
Night Vigilp. 146
Dusk at Blitzenp. 147
"How about you, Mr. Stafford?"p. 150
The Wisdom of Insecurityp. 152
"I have your brother"p. 155
Twiggy at Big Camasp. 155
Folding the Tentp. 160
"You can't eat beauty"p. 160
See You Tomorrow
Path to the Sunp. 165
Haifa Good Thingp. 166
White Alicep. 167
Paris Rainp. 169
Talking Recklesslyp. 170
Kuleanap. 174
Résumé of Failuresp. 176
The Next Lifep. 181
"What do you want?"p. 183
Crying Clothesp. 188
"It doesn't matter where you live"p. 190
Afterword: What Can We Trust But Memory?p. 193
Acknowledgmentsp. 201
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