READ: The Sunflower Cast A Spell to Save Us From The Void by Jackie Wang
Jackie Wang’s book of poetry captures the sunflower’s many dream guises―its evolving symbolism in literature, society, and her own dream life. Using the Fibonacci sequence (a pattern found in the seed spirals of sunflowers), Wang creates what she calls oneiric poetry: a poetry that attempts to speak in the language of dreams. Even though dreams are conceptualized as a window into the unconscious, Wang’s poetry emphasizes the social dimension of dreams, particularly the use of dreams to index historical trauma and social processes. Throughout the book are illustrations by Kalan Sherrard.
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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.
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