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The Method
     

The Method

by Sasha Steensen
 

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The Method is a manuscript of theorems written by Archimedes in the tenth century, a palimpsested text. Steensen takes The Method and its history as a jumping-off place for a meditation on the relationships developed between a person and her historical truth. She treads carefully in the terrain of fact that foregrounds investigations, and emerges centuries and

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The Method is a manuscript of theorems written by Archimedes in the tenth century, a palimpsested text. Steensen takes The Method and its history as a jumping-off place for a meditation on the relationships developed between a person and her historical truth. She treads carefully in the terrain of fact that foregrounds investigations, and emerges centuries and centuries on.

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This cycle of poems centering on the history of a manuscript of theorems and proofs by Archimedes-also called The Method, and composed in Syracuse around 250 B.C.-raises deep questions, sometimes asked by Archimedes' book itself, about the forces that act upon a text to change and possibly corrupt its meaning: "The Method had heard some say:/ 'he or she/ took a little part of me/ when they took their leave/ of me.'A " There's an elegiac tone throughout, as Steensen confronts the fact that while Archimedes' manuscript has been recovered, parts have also been destroyed, plagiarized and commodified to the point that the reader, along with the writer, becomes haunted by the notion of an ever-changing text. Steensen guides us through the long journey of this ancient manuscript and artfully demonstrates how a book is a record of power dynamics in this multifaceted exploration of the complicated relationship between an author and her creation, which speaks both for and against its author, contending, "They scheme against you: but I too have My schemes./ Therefore, bear with the unbelievers, and let them be awhile." (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934200179
Publisher:
Fence Magazine, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Eleni Sikelianos
"What or who is The Method? Charming, dangerous, love-struck, mistaken--an angle of the human mind. Trapped together in nets of language, geometries of battle, the human words prove themselves cyclical, as centuries feed one another like nutritive springs mid-sea. Somewhere in there, men and women found ways to measure the world's parts, and these poems show us the forms, as we sit down at the table (set down in this book) with The Method to partake of the 'bottomless years.'"

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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