Two essays by Amy King | Jacket2

from Poets don’t owe us: “Burn it down” and making way —

I do not pick up a Cesar Vallejo poem and decide it isn’t meaningful because it never made it to whatever the hottest venue was in Paris in his last years. Vallejo had escaped government persecution in Peru, was occasionally destitute, often depressed, and died in Paris in poverty. For lack of publication in the French equivalent of Poetry or the Paris Review, his work should not be meaningful? Should not resonate in some way today? For lack of appointments in the low residency MFA program of the Sorbonne his poems might be of no value?  – Amy King


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  1. “Whiteness”, wrote WEB. Du Bois, “is the ownership of the Earth forever and ever, Amen”.

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