“Selections From Detour” by Sacha Archer

Hello! How’s your Saturday night going? In need of a pick-me-up? Or Inspiration? Are you three drinks in and considering becoming a philosopher? Good- a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to any/all of these questions means it’s time for you to read our latest Issue 21 teaser!

This is a conceptual piece by Canadian writer Sacha Archer. Sacha has received the P.K. Page Irwin Prize for his poetry and visual art in 2008, and in 2010 he participated in the Elise Partridge Mentor Program. You can check out other work by him in our past issues, as well as in filling Station, ACTA Victoriana, h&, illiterature, and Experiment-O. He has also published two chapbooks- Dishwashing Event, Part One: Tianjin, China (no press, 2016) and Dishwashing Event, Part Two: Ontario (Puddles of Sky Press, 2016). And you should be on the lookout for his forthcoming chapbooks- Acceleration of the Arbitrary (Grey Borders) and Detour [D-1] (Spacecraft Press).

Detour is a conceptual translation of the Dao De Jing. ‘Dao,’ in the context of the Dao De Jing, is traditionally translated as the ‘Way’. This can be understood as a path. With Detour, I sent the text of the Dao De Jing on a detour, passing it through a number of automatic internet translators. Each section, passed back and forth and through the translators, was translated (altered, progressively lost and/or found) 81 times (81 being an auspicious number, and also the number of sections in the text). While the resultant text is a very different animal than the original, I can’t help but feel there is a fidelity of intent embedded in it.


In this world, but I hope that you will have to be certificate. The world should not be a guide, use this tool will not be able to guess what it is not possible. *

* If you have found any weight * , are willing to neglect to a period of similar to change his pants, convened the density in determining products, all suppliers must withdraw. *

* In the Middle East, mentally handicapped and fear, and social trends. * Fixed flights and other currencies, or from his trousers and Peace Committee, must be paid before his disciples.


Parker died, does not recognize the government officials forklift. Protection of the king of sports. The aircraft did not know in the world, she, her husband, in this case, the knowledge of the Committee, for example, the banks of the river signal.