Cesar Vallejo

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César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza was a Peruvian poet. Although he published only three books of poetry during his lifetime, he is considered one of the great poetic innovators of the 20th century in any language. Thomas Merton called him "the greatest universal poet since Dante". Always a step ahead of literary currents, each of his books was distinct ...

Cesar Vallejo Poems

Black Messengers. (Translation Of Los Heraldos Negros)

There are in life such hard blows . . . I don't know!
Blows seemingly from God's wrath; as if before them
the undertow of all our sufferings
is embedded in our souls . . . I don't know!

Black Stone On Top Of A White Stone

I shall die in Paris, in a rainstorm,
On a day I already remember.
I shall die in Paris-- it does not bother me--
Doubtless on a Thursday, like today, in autumn.

Paris, October 1936

From all of this I am the only one who leaves.
From this bench I go away, from my pants,
from my great situation, from my actions,
from my number split side to side,

To My Brother Miguel In Memoriam

Brother, today I sit on the brick bench of the house,
where you make a bottomless emptiness.
I remember we used to play at this hour, and mama
caressed us: "But, sons..."

Los Heraldos Negros

Hay golpes en la vida tan fuertes . . . ¡Yo no se!
Golpes como del odio de Dios; como si ante ellos;
la resaca de todo lo sufrido se empozara en el alma
¡Yo no se!

Cesar Vallejo Comments

Koena Mokoena 28 March 2012

Black Stone on Top of a White Stone i think it is about reconciliation as it says with an example of two stones, hence i have no right to kill another person without an i am. Your correspondence will be highly appreciated. Have a nice day! Yours sincerely. Mr. Koena France Mokoena Country: South Africa Website: www.poemhunter.com/kfmproductions

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Ánimo 20 September 2018


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jJ Young 01 July 2018

And it comes up snake eyes. C Vallejo. Poeta

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Fabrizio Frosini 20 April 2015

César Vallejo is a great Poet, for sure, even if Thomas Merton called him ''he greatest universal poet since Dante'' (!) : an opinion I simply reckon as a negative mark of superficiality in T. Merton's curriculum..

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Jack Tricarico 27 March 2014

The most unique and inspired poets I have ever read. Truly amazing!

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Gordon Nosworthy 27 March 2014

the few poems rendered in english are fantastic i fervently hope someone has the time and skill to examine a few more from what i've seen - he's insightful

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