Written for poets, spellcasters, and social justice witches,Poetry as Spellcastingreveals the ways poetry and ritual can, together, move us toward justice and transformation. It asks:If ritualized violence upholds white supremacy, what ritualized acts of liberation can be activated to subvert and reclaim power?
In essays from a diverse group of contributing poets, organizers, and ritual artists,Poetry as Spellcastinghelps readers explore, play, and deepen their creativity and intuition as integral tools for self- and communal healing and social change. Each section opens with a poem and includes prompts that invite the reader to engage more deeply with:
Portals of Inheritance: Ancestral Teachings, Possible Futuresopens portals to messages from ancestors and for survival
Languages of Liberation, Disruption, and Magicexplores how poetry and spellcasting allow us to enter into and harness language in active, heightened ways that both reflect reality and manifest alternatives.
Invoking Radical Imaginationleans into the incantatory possibilities of poetry as prayer and poetry as enchantment.
Sacred Practices: Rituals of Repair and Revisionexplores writing as ritual, ritual as practice, and practice as doing, drawing connections between the creative practices of poetry and spellwork.
Lighting Fires, Breaking Chainsfocuses on the explicitly magical and political nature of poetry as spellcasting.
Elemental Ecologies, Spiritual Technologieswrestles with concepts of home, colonization, and belonging