A Magic Book

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"Steensen's sources are antiquarian archives, journals, magic acts: what has been saved and lost and saved again. [She moves] among materials of our checkered past--magicians, changelings, George Washington, seances, Cotton Mather, the Davenport Brothers, W. C. Williams, the spirit of Charles Olson. Through imaginative exorcism she brings back into our perception the experience of the invisible dead"
--Susan Howe.

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Susan Howe
"The poems in Sasha Steensen's splendid A Magic Book offer a feast of paradox--deceptive yet honest, funny but frightening, simple yet mysteriously complex, otherworldly yet wryly quotidian. Her sources are antiquarian archives, seventeenth-century journals, nineteenth- and twentieth-century magic acts, what has been saved and lost and saved again. Wandering the American landscape is her method for moving among materials of our checkered past- magicians, changelings, George Washington, seances, Cotton Mather, the Davenport Brothers, W. C. Williams (Paterson), the spirit of Charles Olson. Through imaginative exorcism she brings back into our perception the experience of the invisible dead."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974090948
  • Publisher: Fence Magazine, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

SASHA STEENSEN is the author of A Magic Book (Fence Books, 2004), correspondence (with Gordon Hadfield, 2004), and the chapbook The Future of an Illusion (2008). She co-edits Bonfire Press and serves as one of the poetry editors for Colorado Review. She lives and teaches in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Errand #2

Run in/over and see what you can
and, of course, cannot

(the devil was Exceedingly Disturbed)

See.

This sexteenth-century time disturbed.

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Table of Contents

In visibility 7
Disaster of doing 29
Spellings 47
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