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Eating Moors and Christians
Sandra M. Castillo




Cavankerry
2016 • 124 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Poetry

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-50-1



Eating Moors and Christians is a delicious concoction of imagery and history. These are luminous poems and they will see you home through some dark... [continued in Reviews below]”—Virgil Suarez, author of The Soviet Circus Comes to Havana & Other Stories, 90 Miles, Selected & New Poems, and Landscapes & Dreams,

A unique collection that uses photography as a metaphor to capture the poetry of historical witness

Eating Moors and Christians depicts a conflicted history and utilizes the Cuban Revolution as a springboard from which to discuss what is at the center of exile literature—liminality. It explores universal issues as it aims to enlarge the scope of diaspora literature and transcend boundaries of ethnicity, expanding the conversation about the work of Cuban-American writers.

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Reviews / Endorsements

Eating Moors and Christians is a delicious concoction of imagery and history. These are luminous poems and they will see you home through some dark and bitter nights. Castillo has crafted a startling collection of poems of her life in post-revolutionary Cuba, of exile in Miami, and her journey back, each time unearthing powerful new memories and voices that become part of this great ajiaco of magic, glorious food, and unforgettable people. With Cuba back in the news, these poems are timelier than ever and they resonate with the impending unification of the island and the exiled mainland of Miami. This book is necessary reading here, there, and everywhere.”—Virgil Suarez, author of The Soviet Circus Comes to Havana & Other Stories, 90 Miles, Selected & New Poems, and Landscapes & Dreams

“Sandra M. Castillo's verses navigate the turbulent waters of Cuban history and its realities. Exile, revolution, and homecoming are revealed in imagery that evokes the mysteries of the Cuban heart and soul. The poems are a lyrical excursion through a place that feels at once forbidden and familiar, reflecting the torn feelings of many Cubans, both los de aquí, y los de allá.”—Chantel Acevedo, author of Ghosts & Love Letters and A Falling Star

“In Sandra M. Castillo's new book Eating Moors and Christians, el exilio becomes a place both mythical and real. I love these poems; I love how they move from English to Spanish, from Cuba to Miami, from Miami to the ample country of the heart.”—Pablo Medina, author of The Floating Island, The Man who Wrote on Water, and a memoir, Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood

“ ‘I took a picture of the ruins,’ Sandra M. Castillo writes, and these poems are the pictures, vivid documents of an ‘innocent past and the shadow of la Cuba de mi infancia.’ With Castillo, readers will travel “a blood red guidebook, a twisted map of desire,’ plumbing the haunted spaces between “history and sorrow.’ This is a poet who, above all, strives to capture ‘our desire to understand/how we are thrown/into darkness.’ ”—Julie Marie Wade, author of Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems and When I Was Straight: Poems

From the Book:

A Medici blue darker than clair de lune moves
below me, like dusk, conditional probability,
recedes, like love or water, to an invisible moon
the color of cooper or empty conversation floating
like lunar bones in my wrists,
flotsam, jetsam.

Nous sommes tous eau;
nous sommes tous eau
.”



SANDRA M. CASTILLO was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States on the Johnson administration’s Freedom Flights. She received her MA from Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in a wealth of publications and anthologies, including The North American Review, The Connecticut Review, The Florida Review, Cimarron Review, Little Havana Blues, and Paper Dance: 52 Latino Poets. In 2002 she received the White Pine Press award for her collection titled My Father Sings to My Embarrassment, selected by poet Cornelius Eady, who described Castillo as “a poet who can make Cuban and Cuban-American history link arms and dance.”



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