[01/26/2021] The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void by Jackie Wang
Nightboat Books, paperback
Pub Date: January 26, 2021
Publisher Marketing: In The Sunflower, Wang follows the sunflower's many dream guises -- its evolving symbolism in literature, society, and the author's own dream life -- using a mathopoetic technique to generate poems using the Fibonacci sequence (a pattern found in the seed spirals of sunflowers). The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void embodies what Wang calls oneiric poetry: a poetry that attempts to speak in the language of dreams. Although dreams, in psychoanalytic discourse, have been 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.