The Geometry of Trees

Zhou Sivan



  • Sputnik & Fizzle
  • 2022
  • 48 pages
  • Softcover
  • 14.5 × 10 × 0.5 cm

“I used trees to express desire, and I desired the language of trees.” In The Geometry of Trees, Zhou Sivan reflects and studies the diffraction of queer desire through tree trunks, bark textures in “Fauvist patterns,” solitary oaks, and “buoyant botanical lakes.” Trees are political texts, moreover, simply by their geography, what they signify, the shade they claim, and the literary lives they have earned. Zhou’s poems observe how the properties and relations within trees change as they travel through the poet’s life. In the background, trees dramatize the architectural displays of empire, calling attention to the insidious presence of colonialism, and displaying in off-color the persistence of imperial hubris.

Isabel Sobral Campos, Rita Sobral Campos (eds.)

2022 / EN / Offset + Digital / 17×11,3 cm / 48pp. / 300 copies
Published in partnership with Sputnik & Fizzle

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