I Ask the Impossible: Poems

I Ask the Impossible: Poems

by Ana Castillo
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Ana Castillo is the type of writer one expects to find in Latin America: a prolific intellectual who seamlessly integrates the personal and the political in her work. In this sense, her poetry reminds me of the work of the Salvadoran Roque Dalton or the Uruguayan Mario Benedetti, writers who became the conscience of their respective countries and communities. In the poem 'Since the Creation of My Son and My First Book' Ana writes on the birth of her son and the writing of her first book--an analogy that in lesser hands would be a cliche--and gives us a poem of raw energy and political significance; for readers who idealized the life of the poet, here's the proof: it's a most difficult career choice. The title poem is poignant and beautiful: 'I ask the impossible: love me forever.' It is 'petulant' said the Kirkus reviewer of this book to ask someone to love you forever, but that only exposes the reviewer's limited view of love. A mother has a right to ask that of her son, a daughter has a right to ask that of her father, a woman has a right to ask that of her true love. Ana wrote that poem shortly after the death of her own father, and 'I Ask the Impossible' is therefore one of the most moving testimonies of love I have ever read, about what love really means. This is a varied collection of poetry, and although Ana has not divided the book into sections some sequences are clearly discernible: there are several poems on her son Marcel, all of them charming and beautiful, there are political poems concerned about the fate of Latino women across the Americas, there are lighthearted poems in Spanish about the difficulties of love and portraits of Ana's relatives and friends, etc. This is clearly an essential book for those concerned with contemporary Chicano writing and for fans of Ana's work.