Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices (Paperback)
"Written in memory of women and girls killed in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and for all women and girls who are victims of domestic violence." —from the dedication
— From Sage
Claudia Castro Luna was the first author I had the pleasure of hosting here at Elliott Bay in our Readings Room. Washington State Poet Laureate, Seattle Civic Poet, community-minded, and all-around amazing person. Hearing her read from Killing Marías was a singular experience, full of passion and intensity and thoughtful care. Read every word in this book.
In this epic poetry collection Killing Marías, Claudia Castro Luna, both poetically and physically, settles spaces that were unclaimed by Latinas. Her inscription of the disappeared women of Juárez is a live cartographic image of struggle and spiritual survival. Castro Luna does not allow for these dead women to lack agency; they nourish us and the earth, and they speak with their bodies, literally, positioning themselves as recovered entities with agency, in the poet's skilled narrativizing hands.