I Ask the Impossible (Anchor Books; NY, 2001)

Cherished for her passionate fiction and exuberant essays, the author hailed by Barbara Kingsolver in the L.A. 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.

With the poems in I Ask the Impossible, Castillo celebrates the strength that “is a woman?buried deep in [her] heart.” Whether memorializing real-life heroines who have risked their lives for humanity, spinning a lighthearted tale for her young son, or penning odes to mortals, gods, goddesses, Castillo?s poems are eloquent and rich with insight.