My Father Was a Toltec and Selected Poems

My Father Was a Toltec and Selected Poems Ana Castillo has a deserved reputation as one of the country s most powerful and entrancing novelists but she began her literary career as a poet of passion and uncompromising commitment This collect

  • Title: My Father Was a Toltec and Selected Poems
  • Author: Ana Castillo
  • ISBN: 9780393313543
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ana Castillo has a deserved reputation as one of the country s most powerful and entrancing novelists, but she began her literary career as a poet of passion and uncompromising commitment This collection brings back into print the best of her early work, including selected poems from The Invitation and Women Are Not Roses and the entire text of her landmark 1988 collectioAna Castillo has a deserved reputation as one of the country s most powerful and entrancing novelists, but she began her literary career as a poet of passion and uncompromising commitment This collection brings back into print the best of her early work, including selected poems from The Invitation and Women Are Not Roses and the entire text of her landmark 1988 collection, My Father Was a Toltec Whether invoking her origins as the daughter of a street warrior, a member of the Toltec gang in Chicago, or defining her own lyrical positions on a variety of social, political, sexual, and esthetic issues, Ana Castillo s poetic voice is unmistakably her own and will be immediately recognizable to the lovers of her fiction.

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    1. Ana Castillo's proto-feminist poetry collection from 1988 resonates even more strongly today. There's a rawness to her imagery, a lustiness, a bravado that we seem to need so badly. A million errant Mexican fathers are called out, longed for, disparaged, made peace with, and call out all over again in these short verses, while the strength of the lonely Chicana far from home, living in bitter cold Chicago weather is canonized with her own tears and encrusted blood from countless beatings and dai [...]

    2. When in the "All-Books-Are-$10" bookstore today I came across 'My Father Was A Toltec.' I had never heard of Ana Castillo before and was slightly affronted by the quote from the Houston Chronicle on the front cover which boldly states: "If you have not read Castillo before - where have you been?"Where have I been?Castillo is amazing and I am so glad that I picked up this little treasure, no matter how large the whim was on which I did. This war cry of a woman, in a collection of poetry I have ju [...]

    3. i started this in a bookstore and couldn't put it down there were so many poems in it that i could relate to that sent me on a memory bliss meant to purchase it but never did i revisited the book in a future date and found the same poems no longer affected me the same way --- maybe i had healed??? quien sabe

    4. Loved this collection! Castillo's poetry manages to be raw and gritty yet also weirdly dreamlike at the same time. Would absolutely recommend this book to someone looking for a new poet to read.

    5. Excellent collection of Ana's work. But beware half of the book is in spanish, so unless you know the language pick up a dictionary.

    6. I had read quite a few of her individual poems before reading the entire volume. I didn't like this volume quite as much as I had expected to, but it's still excellent poetry.

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