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MY BOOK OF THE DEAD: Selected, Published Poems (by Ana Castillo) August 16, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

Poems from MY BOOK OF THE DEAD (unpublished collection by Ana Castillo, 2020). This group of poems has been previously published in various books & literary journals. (Some alignments may be off due to  cut & pasting.  (No comments on edits or grammar, please.  This is being done.). I’m happy to share & thank you for reading.  Positive vibe comments here are always welcome. All the line drawings are mine.  (Please don’t reproduce w/out my…

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These Times August 13, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

I share here a poem written for the ceremony welcoming an African-American woman president at my B.A. alma-mater, NEIU, Chicago, 2018.  It was also published in Fifth Wednesday Journal. These Times             In these times, you and I share, amidst the air you and I breathe, inspiration we take from day to day thriving, opposition we meet, the sacred conch shell calls us, drums beat, prayers sent up, aromatic smoke…

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A Storm Upon Us, poem by Ana Castillo, 2015. August 10, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

And when the storm is upon you,

when it has destroyed your homes,

and your children are not fine

and your dreams of golden roses and bright days are nowhere

but in the pages of a storybook,

we will be content in our heavens eating peeled

grapes, sipping fine wines from our vineyards of abundance,

sitting on our thrones,

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La Tolteca 2.0 Issue #3. Aug. 7, 2020 August 7, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

ISSUE #3, August 7, 2020 VERY EXCITED TO DELIVER THIS THIRD ISSUE OF LA TOLTECA 2.0.  Poets, artists and teachers featured here live now in Jamaica, Mexico and California.  Through community involvement, art, poems and a desire to record reflections is their shared empathy for humanity and the planet that is all our home.  Contributors in this issue:  Opal Palmer Adisa, John Kaine, Ed J. McCaughan and Joey Villareal. Here we go, amigos, amigas, dam-x…

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Call for new submissions–deadline 7/20! July 13, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

We were energized and happy to receive submissions for the first edition of La Tolteca 2.0. We are now open for new submissions.  Please read GUIDELINES in this blog.  Once you got that down, send to:  ana@anacastillo.net.  Short staffed right now on volunteers we won’t be able to answer queries that are already posted here. Three features in La Tolteca 2.0 at this time: We will be looking for selfies with masks and original photos…

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LA TOLTECA 2.0 Guidelines July 8, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

GUIDELINES LA TOLTECA 2.0 is making its return here at www.anacastillo.net  It is a virtual zine with ongoing posts. You may submit to ana@anacastillo.net Youl’ll receive an automated response and nothing further.  (If you don’t receive the automated response alert me on FB messenger) For consideration to the following new features only unpublished, never posted on SM, original images and material.  If your work is selected it will be posted the following Friday.  If not,…

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Nat’l Poetry Month: Algo de ti (poema) April 3, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

  Algo de ti   [An Ekphrastic Exercise] Algo de ti me recuerda a casa; no la de hoy, de otros tiempos– Las tortillas de la abuela sobre su comal ardiente; el perfume de la buganvilla en el jardín Tus pestañas estrelladas– de niñez como las estrellas mismas que contemplaba yo, me parece hace siglos ya. Algo de ti me llama en la noche cuando te estrechas en tu cama como te imagino que lo haces,…

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Qué viva el arte, adelante las muxerx March 1, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

Ana Castillo 2020   An art piece from a private collection is included in this valuable show at the San Isidro/TJ Border.   Thank you for including me.  Femicidio is an international rampant crime against girls and women.  We cannot bring enough attention to this heinous activity.  The Mal-treatment of brown people reaching U.S. border requesting asylum and the ongoing persecution of detained minors and adults is unconscionable.  

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