Rosario Castellanos was featured on the Google front page a few whiles back and, after investigating her, I was excited to feature her here for us.

Born in 1925, she was one of Mexico’s most important literary voices in the last century. Throughout her life, she wrote eloquently about issues of cultural and gender oppression, and her work has influenced feminist theory and cultural studies. Although she died young, she opened the door of Mexican literature to women, leaving a legacy that still resonates today.



I lay, as the plain, so the wind howled.

And I was a whole night

the scope of his anger and regret.

Ah! like slavery who knows

nor more terrible owner?

In my aridity, here, I have the brand

your back foot.

y en Español


Me tendí, como el llano, para que aullara el viento.

Y fui una noche entera

ámbito de su furia y su lamento.

¡Ah! ¿quién conoce esclavitud igual

ni más terrible dueño?

En mi aridez, aquí, llevo la marca

de su pie sin regreso.

Rosario Castellanos


Her energy and passion went not only into her literary work as this poem so eloquently illustrates; despite having been born into wealth and position, she held in her heart the plight of all the indios that surrounded her family estate.

These influences as much as any literary ones shaped her heart and soul as a poet.

I’ll close with her quote…perfect.

Not that the poet seeks solitude, it is that it finds you.”

Let us hear from you and share how your solitude finds you…join us won’t you for our on-line writing group at