The Queer Language of Flowers

The Queer Language of Flowers



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What was up with Oscar Wilde and green carnations? How can you tell someone you’ve got a Sapphic crush on them? Before there was 1-800-Flowers’s “say it with flowers” campaign, there were flower dictionaries that explained how to send messages to friends and lovers with flowers. While 19th century flower dictionaries focus on heteronormative romance, floriography—and sending coded messages—is hella queer. In this zine, we’ve included some famous historical flower meanings as well as invented some of our own for contemporary queer culture via art, literature, botany, and history.

- Risograph printed by Paper Press Punch in Seattle, WA.
- 8.5 x 5.5 inches.
- Essays by L.M. Zoller & Robin Elan
- Illustrations and layout Robin Elan

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Christine Blystone Jul 29, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
I bought this for my daughter for her birthday and she loves it. Thank you!

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Liz Jul 7, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
I love that there's a ton of researched information and botanical art in this sizable zine, in addition to the author's incorporation of personal anecdotes. Definitely recommend it!

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Aris Officer Jun 11, 2020

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This is so punk I love it. It has that heartfelt magic that all the best zines do <3

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johanna frost Jun 9, 2020

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a beautiful zine, i love it!

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