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Rio Grande Review: Poem in the Form of Che

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Poema en la Forma del Che

The Spring Rio Grande Review is out with my poem/art/statement, if you will, about Che Guevara. Twenty years ago I had a different perspective. Che seemed an enigma, a revolutionary, and perhaps a hero. He received praise from the likes of Mandela, stood up against brutality and right-wing dictatorships, and dedicated his life to fighting for the oppressed.

As years went by, I came across documentation of Che’s deeds and words that seemed, well, er…odious. He killed a lot of people without reason, had a simplified Marxist view of economy, and prejudicial hatred against classes. Che abhorred atrocity but did not understand it. And for a soldier, judge, and executioner, this is a lethal combo.


Written by Caleb Powell

June 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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  1. […] Rio Grande Review: Poem in the Form of Che « Caleb Powell's Page […]

  2. […] it for publication published. The Mao image complements a Che visage that made it into print last year in the Rio Grande Review. I am working on more text art, including another Mao, a Kim Jong Il, […]

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