Cipota under the Moon
80 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: May 2022
In Cipota under the Moon, Claudia Castro Luna scores a series of poems as an ode to the Salvadoran immigrant experience in the United States. The poems are wrought with memories of the 1980s civil war and rich with observations from recent returns to her native country. Castro Luna draws a parallel between the ruthlessness of the war and the violence endured by communities of color in US cities; she shows how children are often the silent, unseen victims of state-sanctioned and urban violence. In lush prose poems, musical tankas, and free verse, Castro Luna affirms that the desire for light and life outweighs the darkness of poverty, violence, and war. Cipota under the Moon is a testament to the men, women, and children who bet on life at all costs and now make their home in another language, in another place, which they, by their presence, change every day.
“Castro Luna moves between litany and lamentation with a memorable grace.” —Tod Marshall, author of Bugle
“Claudia Castro Luna, both poetically and physically, settles spaces that were unclaimed by Latinos.” —Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, author of A Most Improbable Life