BLACK DOVE: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me (Life Stories) Forthcoming New Collection of Personal Essays

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(Excerpts from “Love, Your Son, MarCello)

FROM: MarCello Castillo
SENT: December 23, 2011

I’m good. Just taking it one day at a time. We are slowly being let out of lockdown. We get one hot meal and we get to be in the dayroom until 3:30-4 p.m. On a lighter note, I showed some Chicano “friends” your books. One of them, whose dad was a bodyguard for Corky Gonzaldez, wants to send you some money to send some of your books, signed, to his mom in Denver…

FROM: MarCello Castillo
DATE: March 13, 2011

I have a question for you. What alternatives do we have to patriarchy? A Matriarchy? Anarchy? I have always been intrigued with the idea of a new religion or a new societal structure…

FROM: Ana Castill
DATE: March 14, 2011

We cannot think of any monumental change in the world without thinking about patriarchy, which is capitalism’s fundamental basis. I am a poet, not a politician. In my poet’s vision, which at the onset I’ll admit is mostly wishful thinking, if we began considering what was good for the world’s organic population and what was beneficial to the world’s restoration and well-being, we would be on the way to an alternative to patriarchy…

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Advanced books & signing:
April 1, AWP Los Angeles, AWP noon.
April 30th Chicago Women & Children First Bookstore.

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