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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
Jan 24, 2012 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
...more
Melpomene
Jul 23, 2012 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.
Aidan Walker
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These poems were beautiful! They combine personal and political passions and stories. There are tributes to Dianna Ortiz (a US nun raped and tortured by Guatemalan death squads and spared by the mysterious English-speaking man who led them when he found out she was a Yanqui), Anna Mae Aquash, 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 l ...more
Becca
Oct 22, 2010 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.
Brenda
Apr 06, 2007 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.
Lori
Dec 05, 2013 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.
Sandra Trevino
Oct 21, 2008 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.
Pat
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Really enjoyed the poetry and I usually don't care that much for poetry.
Great books
Rem
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic poetry. Reminds me of Sandra Cisneros.
Mo
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
beautiful, angry poems that got me through this horrorshow of an election night
Fernanda Bueno
Poems that should be read by every woman.
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Ana Castillo (June 15, 1953-) is a celebrated and distinguished poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. She has contributed to periodicals and on-line venues (Salon and Oxygen) and national magazines, including More and the Sunday New York Times. Castillo’s writings have been the subject of numer ...more
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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.
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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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