A Magic Book
If poems are, in some part, spells against finitude, then A Magic Book is a compendium of powerful spells; an alternative history, offering alternative myths, of the middle ages of the United States of America. Where religion must be erased and where industry is a given, magic steps in with its hoaxes and hopefulness. Sasha Steensen deftly inscribes, using treatise, factoid, rhyme, and timeline, the choices we have made, culturally, against a belief in invisibility: What we have not seen, must not be: "never harm nor spell nor charm"
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