The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void (Paperback)

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I read Sunflower as a continuation of the same project as the author's sensational work of abolitionist autotheory Carceral Capitalism (2018). Not the same strictly in form, or in any way strictly, except perhaps in its commitment to teasing out what revolutionary love may look like. To follow up a treatise on race, debt & surveillance with a dream journal oriented towards the protective potential of flowers must be read as a very deliberate choice--not in orienting oneself, but in allowing oneself to be oriented, like a flower pointing towards the sun. Sunflower brings forth subconscious shapes of relation, of commitments and knowledge, the lines between rejection and affirmation, flowering into a timely and timeless singularity. For beauty or for growth, enjoy the bloom of Jackie's work!

— From Gleb



The poems in The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void read like dispatches from the dream world, with Jackie Wang acting as our trusted comrade reporting across time and space. By sharing her personal index of dreams with its scenes of solidarity and resilience, interpersonal conflict and outlaw jouissance, Wang embodies historical trauma and communal memory. Here, the all-too-familiar interplay between crisis and resistance becomes first distorted, then clarified and refreshed. With a light touch and invigorating sense of humor, Wang illustrates the social dimension of dreams and their ability to inform and reshape the dreamer's waking world with renewed energy and insight.

About the Author

Jackie Wang is a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, library rat, trauma monster and PhD candidate in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, specializing in race and the political economy of prisons and police in the United States. She is the author of a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme, as well as a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb. In 2018 she published a book, titled Carceral Capitalism on the racial, economic, political, legal, and technological dimensions of the US carceral state. She is currently an Arleen Carlson and Edna Nelson Graduate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643620367
ISBN-10: 1643620363
Publisher: Nightboat Books
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021
Pages: 120
Language: English