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
2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRY
2022 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS FINALIST
Jackie Wang's magnetic and spellbinding debut collection of poetry that attempts to speak in the language of dreams.
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.