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I Ask the Impossible

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An Anchor Books Original

Cherished 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 to resist,? returns to her first love?poetry?to reveal an unwavering commitment to social justice, and a fervent embrace of the sensual world.

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Anchor
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Kelly
Feb 01, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
“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 more.
When rage 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're bored--
when every woman you see is more beautiful than the last,
or more pathetic, love me as you alwa
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Gabriel Oak
Jun 09, 2014 Gabriel Oak rated it it was ok
I have always taken more to Castillo as a prose writer than a poet, but I did like some of her earlier poems for their passion and insights into 70s political activism. These poems feel a lot less urgent for the most part, though there are a few impassioned moments, most notably "Like the people of Guatemala."

In the introduction, Castillo talks about her lack of poetic training as a point of pride, implying that she has been unsullied by the institutionalization that corrupts other writers. Tha
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Poems that should be read by every woman.
Melpomene
Aug 14, 2012 Melpomene rated it it was amazing
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 more of her work. Admitting that she is unschooled in writing but writes from her passion for exploring race, sexuality and gender in her writing her words pull at you, shake you and soothe you all at once. If you love Neruda, Allende,Lorca, et al you'll love Ana Castillo.
Becca
Oct 22, 2010 Becca rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I really 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 revealing "an unwavering commitment to social justice" should have tipped me off. I just don't like to mix my politics with poetry.
Lori
Jun 24, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
I read 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 for another Ana Castillo poetry collection to be published in the future.
Brenda
Apr 06, 2007 Brenda rated it really liked it
"Love me as your most treasured childhood memory---
and if there is none to recall---
imagine one, place me there with you.
Love me withered as you loved me new."
I love the first poem in this book.
Pat
Feb 18, 2011 Pat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Really enjoyed the poetry and I usually don't care that much for poetry.
Great books
Sandra Trevino
Oct 21, 2008 Sandra Trevino rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes poetry
I cherish the poetry in this book because it is so pure. It feels like home.
Spectra Speaks
Dec 24, 2007 Spectra Speaks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
My favorite poem is part of this collection :)
Chana
Dec 06, 2008 Chana marked it as started-then
i really like ana castillo..
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Mexican poet.
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“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 more.
When rage 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're bored--
when every woman you see is more beautiful than the last,
or more pathetic, love me as you always have:
not as admirer or judge, but with
the compassion you save for yourself
in your solitude.
Love me as you relish 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 recall--
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”
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