Cassandra Troyan - Against Capture
Veer2 Publication 017 [ISBN: 978-1-911567-39-4] A5 size. 58 pages.
October 2022.
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Cassandra Troyan - Against Capture

'To be against the violence of the capture of work, the state, and borders is to intimately know their constitutive repetition. Again and again and always against, Cassandra Troyan’s stunning and brutal poems in Against Capture “tear up the bed sheets” that carry the trace of forms of captivity that keep us apart. These are poems about sex at the edges of a city that teach us the political calculus of gender, detention, trading sex, and how "love" gets implicated in this math. Smashing together intimacy and state violence at a rapid scaling of degrees, Troyan invites us to escape together, even while still entangled. In simultaneously a whisper and a scream, Troyan offers a “heuristic cream pie for the trash can of our love,” demanding we “steal back our leisure,” “touch the fog,” as we “get obliterated.” Our modes of capture may be distinct, but Troyan’s vision of trans/species solidarities calls us to feel the possibility of our freedom “in the heart/ of what refuses to break.”'

— Rosie Stockton, author of Permanent Volta

'Cassandra Troyan is the abolitionist theorist and poet whose books are the sharpest medicine for my Anthropocene-poisoned brain. I await their collections with trepidation and hunger, knowing that I am about to be nourished, peeled open, undone. Against Capture is number five. With characteristic love and brutality, in its pages, the author of Freedom & Prostitution and A Theory in Tears plunges us into the freedom dreams of more-than-human forms of life. Troyan here "simps for nature / shrimping across the canvas," demanding that we recognize hedgehogs, capybaras and insects as comrades in our struggle against borders, whiteness, patriarchy, and capital.'

— Sophie Lewis, author of Full Surrogacy Now

This is part of a series of works organised by Robert Kiely for Veer2, produced and published jointly in the University of Surrey and the CPRC, Birkbeck College.

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