The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void (Paperback)
Jackie Wang creates poetry at the intersection when relationships, politics, art, trauma and desire collapse and merge and blur in the landscape of dreams. Even if you find someone relating their dreams tedious and self-centered (I strongly disagree with you but I suppose I can't change your mind), Wang has a talent for shining a light at the odd, surreal, and urgent - making these unconscious dispatches absolutely vital.— Jai
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.