Quotes by Roque Dalton

"Creo que el mundo es bello
que la poesía es como el pan, de todos.

I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone"
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"MORALEJA SOBRE EL INSTRUMENTO

Cuando el picapedrero
ve que se rompe su almágana
antes de construir su labor cotidiana
piensa en tener un instrumento más potente y mejor
y no acusa a la piedra de ser ultraizquierdista
por su forma de existencia resistente y tenaz

PETUAH ALAT PERTUKANGAN
Manakala pandai batu
mendapati palunya rusak
sebelum memulai kerja kesehariannya
terpikir olehnya untuk mencari alat yanglebih kuat dan lebih baik
dan tidak lantas menuduh batu itu ultra-kiri
atas perangainya yang keras dan membangkang"
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"،هــر روز که می‌گـذرد
،مـــرده‌ها گسـتـاخ‌تر می‌شوند
.اول آرام بودند
با گل و لباس مرتب بالای سرشان می‌رفتیم
.نامشان را به احـترام می‌بردیم

کنارِ قـهــرمانانِ ملی
ارواحِ گذشتگان
بناهای یادبود مرمرین
مرده‌ها به صــف می‌ایستادند، در صف افتخار
مراسم سان در طنینِ سرود کهن

وای، نه
حالا دیگر فرق کرده

،مــرده‌ها فرق کرده‌اند
،امروز گســتـاخ شده‌اند
،ســــؤال می‌کـنــند
،گــویی حالا فـهــمیـده‌اند

...اکـثــریت با آن‌هــاســـت"
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"El toro impávido ante la lengua de los muertos / la muerte derramada bajo los cascos implacables / la impiedad del caballo entre el dolor de las lámparas / y el amor mío por el sueño / deslumbrado de pronto / por el remordimiento.
(Descubrimiento del Guernica)"
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"América Latina

El poeta cara a cara con la luna
fuma su margarita emocionante
bebe su dosis de palabras ajenas
vuela con sus pinceles de rocío
rasca su violincito pederasta.
Hasta que se destroza los hocicos
en el áspero muro de un cuartel."
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Books by Roque Dalton

  • Miguel Mármol
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  • July 1st 1995 by Curbstone Books

    (first published 1987)

Roque Dalton
  • Roque Dalton

  • Date of birth: May 14, 1935
  • Died: May 10, 1975
  • Born: in San Salvador, El Salvador.

  • Description: Roque Dalton was born on May 14, 1935, in San Salvador, El Salvador. His father was one of the members of the outlaw Dalton brothers and his mother was a registered nurse whose salary supported the family. After a year at the University of Santiago, Chile, Roque Dalton attended the University of San Salvador in 1956, where he helped found the University Literary Circle just before the Salvadoran military set fire to the building. The following year he joined the Communist Party; he was arrested in 1959 and 1960 for inciting students and peasants to revolt against the landowners. Dalton was sentenced to be executed, but his life was saved the day before his sentence was to be carried out, when the dictatorship of Colonel José María Lemus was overthrown. He spent 1961 in Mexican exile, writing many of the poems that were published in La Ventana en el rostro ("The Window in My Face," 1961) and El turno del ofendido ("The Injured Party's Turn," 1962). He dedicated the latter book to the Salvadoran police chief who had filed the charges against him.

    From Mexico, Dalton naturally gravitated to Cuba, where he was well received by the Cuban and Latin American exiled writers who gathered in the Casa de las Américas. From that point on, starting with La Ventana en el rostro and El Mar ("The Sea") in 1962, almost all of his poetic work was published in Cuba. In the summer of 1965, he returned to El Salvador to continue his political work. Two months after his arrival, he was arrested, tortured, and again sentenced to execution. However, he managed to escape death once more when an earthquake shattered the outer wall of his cell, enabling him to dig his way out through the rubble.

    He returned to Cuba and a few months later the Communist Party sent him to Prague as a correspondent for The International Review: Problems of Peace and Socialism. His book Taberna y ostros lugares ("Tavern and Other Places"), reflecting his long stay in Prague, won the Casa de las Américas poetry prize in 1969 and established Roque Dalton, at the age of thirty-four, as one of the best young poets in Latin America. In 1975, a military faction of the Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP), unjustly accused him of trying to divide their organization and condemned him to death. They executed him on May 10, 1975, four days before his fortieth birthday.

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