Poetry. Sasha Steensen's third volume is a lyric inquiry into a personal history of the back–to–the–land idealism of the 1970s, with its promises and failings, naturalism gone awry, and journeys into the worlds of addiction, recovery, and, ultimately, family. "If family is a body, learn its anatomy," Steensen writes early in the book, immediately before upending all our expectations and giving us new thoughts to think.
"Like the Oppen she takes as her epigraph, Sasha Steensen's is a poetry that feels magically made via both subtraction and building. With language as lush as Hopkins' and then as small and weird as Niedecker's, Steensen tells a story, or alights in and out of a story, all her own. It's an American story, too, with all the bloodiness and experiment that such a thing requires."—Maggie Nelson
Sasha Steensen is the author of three previous books: HOUSE OF DEER (2014), THE METHOD (2008), and A MAGIC BOOK (2004), all from Fence Books. Recent work has appeared in Kenyon Review, West Branch, Omniverse, and Dusie. Openings: Into Our Vertical Cosmos was recently published as an online chapbook by Essay Press. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Colorado State University, where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review. She lives with her husband and two daughters, and she tends a garden, a flock of chickens, a barn cat, and two goats. Her latest book is GATHEREST (Ahsahta Press, 2017).
Author City: FORT COLLINS, CO USA