Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
Part III: Poems of war and revolution: dactilares del che, pp. 372- PDF (2.6 MB)
Bill Costley is a revolutionary poet who has helped edit THE CAMBRIDGE COMMON MUSE, BUSHMAN, FEATHER COW, and other magazines. Last January he was forced to resign from Grahm Junior College in Boston because of his support of the Afro-American revolt there. DACTILARES DEL CHE (for Hugh Guilderson) 1. he was on my mind in 1966. he was on the black & white mind of the TIMES, N.Y. 372 enough to be written off publicly as a Revolutionary casualty in the 2nd stage of Revolution & so I asked you: "where is Che? is he dead or alive? really." "he's in Peru now. exporting the Revolution. later Bolivia." & it was true. it was true. for us it was true. proof of the lie. it was the pulse from the living member held in the clamp of the news-vice bled out for copy: DACTILARES DEL CHE in 1967 in EL TIEMPO, N.Y. leaked it was true. for us. it was true. proof of the lie. all my dreams of the missing hand & fingers all my father's fears of the hand lost to the lathe & the foreman's hand lost to the lathe in disbelief it was true. for us. it was true. proof of the lie.