Today, we have the honour of celebrating our second poetry release of National Poetry Month 2022: Plenitude by Daniel Sarah Karasik! Plenitude pieces together the political and the playful, the imperative and the undecided, imagining the future of transness, abolition, and collective social movement. Read on to learn all about this urgent new work!
Happy book birthday to Plenitude by Daniel Sarah Karasik! We’re eager for readers to meet this vibrant new collection, which has already appeared on Spring Poetry Preview lists from both CBC Books and 49th Shelf and in review on rob mclennan’s blog.
Shaped by Daniel Sarah Karasik’s experience of grassroots social and political advocacy, these poems are an offering to those engaged in struggles for a better world—and an acknowledgement of the sometimes contradictory meanings of those struggles. How do individual erotic desires relate to collective desires for deliverance from alienation and exploitation? How might we dream of a more humane future, and work towards building it, without minimizing the challenges that stand in our way?
A non-binary faun wishes their body had a variety of sex organs, interchangeable daily. A prison abolitionist scrutinizes Rothko paintings on the carceral state’s boardroom walls. The insurrectionary tactics of mass social movements spread, like a secret handshake, from Chile to Hong Kong to Toronto. Plenitude cartwheels towards a world that might be: a world without cops or bosses, without prisons, without oppressive regulation of gender and desire. It is a song for the excluded and forgotten and those who struggle alongside them.
Please join us again in wishing a very Happy Book Birthday to Plenitude by Daniel Sarah Karasik. Purchase now from our online shop or from your local independent bookstore. Happy reading!