These poems were beautiful They combine personal and political passions and
stories There are tributes to Dianna Ortiz a US nun aped There are tributes to Dianna Ortiz A US Nun Ortiz a US nun tortured by Guatemalan death
and spared by the mysterious English speaking man who led them when he found out she a Yanui Anna Mae Auash Chico Mendes and Comandante Ramona of the Zapatistas There is a letter to the Pope castigating him for allowing the souls of downtrodden women to go to Hell There is a love letter to her native Chicago lamenting its gentrification There are many poems of love of her son and her mother There is a celebration of a woman who leaves her abusive husband There is a demand for a man to love his wife when the physical attraction and emotional connection fades She sings praises for Tatehuari the supreme god of the Huichol people and Papantla Flyer a sacred game of the Totonacs There are memories of being Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism refused service in a diner for being Mexican and of disappointment when she found out that Cleopatra was not black Ieally wanted to like this collection because the first poem in this compilation is one of my favorites But it just wasn t there for me Perhaps the blurb on the back of the book that describes her poetry as The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, revealing an unwavering commitment to social justice should have tipped me off An Anchor Books OriginalCherished for her passionate fiction and exuberant essays the author hailed by Julia Alvarez as una storyteller de primera and by Barbara Kingsolver in The Los Angeles Times as impossible toesist Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness returns to her first lovepoetrytoeveal an unwavering commitment to social justice and a fervent embrace of the sensual worldWith the poems in I As.
suads and spared by the mysterious English speaking man who led them when he found out she
Ana Castillo ✓ 6 ReadR pathetic love me you always have not as admirer or judge but with the compassion you save for yourself in your solitude Love me as you elish your loneliness the anticipation of your death mysteries of the flesh as it tears and mends Love me as your most treasured childhood memory and if there is none to ecall imagine one place me there with you Love me withered as you loved me new Love me as if I were forever and I will make the impossible a simple act by loving you loving you as I do In much poetry I seek that phrase line or verse that is memorable multi layered and ever evealing I did not find this in this volume excepting perhaps the title phrase and its poem on love But what I did find were penetrating observations about patriarchy colonialism and urbane modernity Plus a few shared memories about Chicago San Francisco and the Southwest Castillo sees and feels for all of us and presents these simultaneously personal and universal insights in everyday discourse instead of with unnecessary artifice Love me as your most treasured childhood memory and if there is none to ecall imagine one place me there with you Love me withered as you loved me newI love the first poem in this book Really enjoyed the poetry and I usually don t care that much for poetryGreat books. Days as a writer who once wrote poems in a basement with no heat through the tenderness
of motherhood and bitterness of loss to the strength of love itself which can make the impossible a simplemotherhood and bitterness of loss to the strength of love itself which can make the impossible a simple Radiant with keen perception wit and urgency sometimes erotic often funny this inspiring collection sounds the unmistakable voice of a woman on fire and worthy than stone. Just don t like to mix my politics with #POETRY I CHERISH THE POETRY IN THIS BOOK BECAUSE #I cherish the poetry in this book because is so pure It feels like home Simmering with passion and politics Ana Castillo writes from a heart bursting with love for her country and her people I thoroughly enjoyed this collection
AND AM EAGER TO READ OFam eager to ead of work Admitting that she is unschooled in writing but writes from her passion for exploring ace sexuality and gender in her writing her words pull at you shake you and soothe you all at once If you love Neruda AllendeLorca et al you ll love Ana Castillo Beautiful Disturbing Erotic Perturbing Visceral I ead this in one day during my daily commute from one end of Chicago to the other Loved this collection of poetry which in some parts
Read Like Short Stories Really Hoping Forlike short stories Really hoping for Ana Castillo poetry collection to be published in the future I ask the impossible love me forever Love me when all desire is gone Love me with the single mindedness of a monk When the world in its entirety and all that you hold sacred advise you against it love me still When age fills you and has no name love me When each step from your door to our job tires you love me and from job to home again love me love me Love me when you e bored when every woman you see is beautiful than the last K the Impossible Castillo celebrates the strength that is a womanburied deep in her heart Whether memorializing eal life heroines who have isked their lives for humanity spinning a lighthearted tale for her young son or penning odes to mortals gods goddesses Castillos poems are elouent and ich with insight She shares over twelve years of poetic inspiration from her.