Cipota Under the Moon

Now available from Elliot Bay Books.

Cipota Under the Moon, book cover.“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.”

Bookseller Rick Simonson from the esteemed Elliott Bay Book Company says:

“Claudia Castro Luna’s stunning book of poems, Cipota Under the Moon, is one of re-remembering and reckoning. Poems arch back to a Salvadoran childhood and adolescence marked by blossoming, coming-into-being beauty – and wrenching, shattering terror – the two often intertwined, and come forward to a present decades later, palpable aftershocks of trauma and forced displacement still being lived. This book bravely meets those aftershocks, an intimate poetic voice recalling and realizing, violence and cruelty, with fierce tenderness. What Amy Hempel, paraphrasing an Arab proverb says: ‘When danger approaches, sing to it.’ With radiant voice, this book sings – to it all.”

 

“Claudia Castro Luna’s stunning book of poems, Cipota Under the Moon, is one of

re-remembering and reckoning. Poems arch back to a Salvadoran childhood and adolescence marked by blossoming, coming-into-being beauty – and wrenching, shattering terror – the two often intertwined, and come forward to a present decades later, palpable aftershocks of trauma and forced displacement still being lived. This book bravely meets those aftershocks, an intimate poetic voice recalling and realizing, violence and cruelty, with fierce tenderness. What Amy Hempel, paraphrasing an Arab proverb says: ‘When danger approaches, sing to it.’ With radiant voice, this book sings – to it all.”