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Rosario Castellanos

"Nothing, nothing am I but a small, loving watercourse."

Rosario Castellanos, in Irene Nicholson, A Guide to Mexican Poetry (1968)

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"Then silence happened: / the silence that is born of water, foaming, / Suddenly it curdles in a looking glass. / So we grow quiet. We do / the same as lakes to see the sky."

Rosario Castellanos, in Irene Nicholson, A Guide to Mexican Poetry (1968)

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"Writing has been a way of explaining to myself the things I do not understand."

Rosario Castellanos, in Irene Nicholson, A Guide to Mexican Poetry (1968)

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"Supreme pride is supreme / renunciation. I did not want / to be the dead star / that absorbs borrowed light to revive itself."

Rosario Castellanos, "Foreign Woman," in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World (1983)

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"A word is the taste / our tongue has of eternity; / that's why I speak."

Rosario Castellanos, "The Splendor of Being," in Magda Bogin, trans., The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos (1988)

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"... I, who have been a net spread in the deep, / return to the surface without a fish."

Rosario Castellanos, "The Useless Day," in Magda Bogin, trans., The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos (1988)

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"All we can do is dream, or die, / dream that we do not die / and, at times, for a moment, wake."

Rosario Castellanos, "Nocturne," in Magda Bogin, trans., The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos (1988)

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"I am the daughter of myself. / I am born of my own dream. My dream sustains me."

Rosario Castellanos, "Wailing Wall," in Magda Bogin, trans., The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos (1988)

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"No one is necessary / not even for you, who by definition / are so needy."

Rosario Castellanos, "The Return," in Magda Bogin, trans., The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos (1988)

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"I rock my pain to sleep like a mother her child / or I take refuge in it like a child in his mother / alternately possessor and possessed."

Rosario Castellanos, "Second Elegy," in Julian Palley, trans., Meditation on the Threshold (1988)

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"Youth was serious / but not entirely fatal."

Rosario Castellanos, "Monologue of a Foreign Woman" (1959), in Julian Palley, trans., Meditation on the Threshold (1988)

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"I wore old age like a tunic / too heavy for my shoulders."

Rosario Castellanos, "Hecuba's Testament" (1969), in Julian Palley, trans., Meditation on the Threshold (1988)

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"If not poetry, then what?"

Rosario Castellanos, essay title (1973), in Maureen Ahern, ed., A Rosario Castellanos Reader (1988)

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"We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom."

Rosario Castellanos, "If Not Poetry, Then What?" (1973), in Maureen Ahern, ed., A Rosario Castellanos Reader (1988)

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"I'm a woman sitting here with all my words intact / like a basket of green fruit."

Rosario Castellanos, "Silence Near an Ancient Stone" (1952), in Maureen Ahern, ed., A Rosario Castellanos Reader (1988)

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"I remember, we must remember / until justice be done among us."

Rosario Castellanos, "Memorandum on Tlatelolco" (1972), in Maureen Ahern, ed., A Rosario Castellanos Reader (1988)

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Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet, writer, ambassador to Israel
(1925 - 1974)

Full name: Rosario Castellanos Figueroa.