Handling Destiny

Poems by Adrian Castro

“Castro is a Whitman, not of America, but of all the Americas.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 2009
6 x 9 | 84 pages
Paperback Original

ISBN: 978-1-56689-235-3.



Enchanting both the ear and the soul, this collection is the third in Adrian Castro’s series on the diasporic triangle of Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Deeply spiritual, laced with history and myth, and interspersed with Spanish and the Yoruba dialect, these poems “ . . . keep flying forward / Sankófa-like / looking back into history at us.” Tempered by loss and memories of the migratory experience (forced and otherwise), they give voice to the legacy of these regions and their people, creating a poetic atlas of cultures.


“Between three cultures, Adrian Castro has seen many things. . . . Handling Destiny is a fascinating read that should not be ignored.” —Midwest Book Review

“Adrian Castro weaves myth, history, music, courage, spirit and a heart deep with knowledge and tenderness into a poetry that is all fire: an original and essential voice.” —Chris Abani

“A challenging, dense, and very rich read.” —Harriet, The Poetry Foundation Blog

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