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.

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?

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.


Daniel Sarah Karasik

Daniel Sarah Karasik (they/them) is the author of five previous books, including the poetry collection Hungry and the short story collection Faithful and Other Stories. Their work has been recognized with the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award. They organize with the network Artists for Climate & Migrant Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty (ACMJIS), among other groups, and are the founding managing editor of Midnight Sun, a magazine of socialist strategy, analysis, and culture. They live in Toronto.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


messianic time – radiant incipience – energy – stages of grief – make/work – Against the Law – scratch – Among Other White Jews – silences – … 9 $1.80
trans-socialist 7 $1.40
Plenitude – hustle – Tóngzhì – Dysphoria, Smoothed – portrait of the autist as a young whatever – riding – warning – anything you want – … 12 $2.40
burrow – containment – Unseen – wager – Rothko/Lupron – civility – float – June to August – faintly – A Sense of History – Place 9 $1.80
prima donna – Where Tear Gas Can’t Reach – Visible to Vanishing – Tight Pants – either/or – Spectacle – Degenerate – Transparencies – … 9 $1.80
rehearsal – lines – for Chile, on the day after a status-quo federal election in the Canadian state – movement – manifest – a simile is more honest than a metaphor … 5 $1.00