WASHINGTON D.C. – In her first book entitled “To the Sun, Moon, and Stars”, Filipino writer Cariza Opana takes readers on a poetic journey through her inner cosmos, masterfully likening her emotional development to the spiritual and inexplicable beauty of the broader universe.
“In Cariza, I found someone who delved into her darkness and tried to understand her monsters in the best way she knew how: by writing them into the light; slaying them, and writing with their blood as ink on a page.’
Ms. Opana makes use of her candid poetic voice to address a series of issues of immense importance in contemporary society, ranging from self-acceptance to depression and healing. In an oft-overwhelming world, she proves that the aesthetic representation of personal grief and experience is still a valid mechanism for individual and collective reckoning.
Ms. Opana’s invitation is unapologetic: “Dear Stranger, I’m going to tell you now that if you are here to stay, I will ask for too much.” She bares her soul and does not try to conceal her vulnerabilities or flaws: “I’m a mess of contradictions and you’re the unlucky one who is caught up in the crossfire.”