A Magic Book

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Fence Books, 2004 - Poetry - 65 pages
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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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Sasha Steensen is a coeditor of the journal Kiosk: A Journal of Poetry, Poetics and Experimental Prose and a founder and co-curator of the Buffalo reading series, ANOTHER. She is the author of the chapbook Correspondence, a collaboration with Gordon Hadfield, forthcoming from Handwritten Press. She holds a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently completing a PhD in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo.

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