Cesar 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. Always a step ahead of the literary currents, each of his books was distinct from the others and, in its own sense, revolutionary.
Clayton Eshleman and Jose Rubia Barcia's translation of The Complete Posthumous Poetry of Cesar Vallejo won the National Book Award for translation in 1979.
Los Heraldos Negros (The Black Heralds) was completed in 1918, but not published until 1919. Robert Bly, in the 1993 edited volume Neruda and Vallejo: Selected Poems, describes it as "a staggering book, sensual, prophetic, affectionate, wild," and as "the greatest single collection of poems I have ever read." The title is likely suggestive of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as the book itself touches on topics of religiosity, life and death.
Information about Vallejo from the Academy of American Poets
Griffin Poetry Prize biography, including audio and video clips of Guillermo Verdecchia reading Clayton Eshleman's translation of Vallejo's Guitar
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