Castillo, Ana 1998; 2005

Wednesday, February 11, 1998
with Eugene Redmond
Monday, November 14, 2005
with Carlos Cumpián

Love me as you relish your loneliness,
the anticipation of your death,
mysteries of the flesh, as it tears and mends.

– Ana Castillo, “I Ask The Impossible”

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Women don’t riot, not in maquilas in Malaysia, Mexico, or Korea,
not in sweatshops in New York or El Paso.
They don’t revolt
in kitchens, laundries, or nurseries.
Not by the hundreds or thousands, changing
sheets in hotels or in laundries
when scalded by hot water,
not in restaurants where they clean and clean
and clean their hands raw.

– Ana Castillo, “Women Don’t Riot”

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Remembering Revelation I wanted to laugh,
the way a nonbeliever remembers Sunday School
and laughs, which is to say–after flood and rains,
drought and despair,
abrupt invasions,
disease and famine everywhere,
we’re still left dumbfounded
at the persistence of fiction.

– Ana Castillo, “While I Was Gone A War Began”

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