It is very hard to write a book. Because each book is two-dimensional… I want to create a spatial form that would make it possible to step from each contribution directly into another and to make apparent their interconnection… Such a synchronic manner of circulation and mutual penetration… can be carried out only in the form… of a sphere. But unfortunately, books are not written as spheres… I can only hope that they will be read according to the method of mutual reversibility, a spherical method—in the expectation that we will learn to write books like rotating balls.
–Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, sometimes called ‘the father of montage,’ in his diary, August 5th, 1929.
An earlier version of this sequence first appeared in The Seattle Review as “Three linked poems” in Vol. 5, no. 2 (2012).