Girasol by Vianney Casas
Vianney Casas’s debut poetry chapbook Girasol ushers readers into a sensuous, menacing landscape where physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries dissolve and reform in unexpected, profound ways. With minimal punctuation, shifts in tense, and deft weaving of English and Spanish, Girasol creates a dream-like quality, suspending the reader inside a trauma that’s simultaneously in the past and ever-present.
What does it mean to truly recognize the depths of silence society imposes on women? And what kind of world might emerge if this silence is broken? Girasol is both a flaming sword and blooming flower—a bright thing to bear ahead of us into that new, freer world.
Vianney Casas was born in San Diego but raised in Tijuana. Before moving to San Francisco in 2013, she crossed the border every day for 6 years to go to school. She has been featured in Canto, Cipatli, Bossy, Chevere, Gentromancer, and Yerba Mala. Her work is a surrealist testimony where Spanish, psychoanalysis, visual art and artists like Garcia Marquez, Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Ana Mendieta join powers to create poetry.
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