Matthew Klane discusses CHE.
For full interview see http://matthewklane.blogspot.com/
What is one sentence from your book?
Precipice nondescript. pt.
What inspired you to write this book/where did the idea for the book come from?
For my birthday (2008), my friend Randall gave me a copy of the definitive Che bio, by Jon Lee Anderson, a journalist I had been reading for many years (see: Guerillas, The Lion's Grave, The Fall of Baghdad, all of which helped me to write The- Associated Press and Secret Caves). Instantly, I knew that I was going to write a poem on Che, those letters: C, h, e.
In the previous years, I had been thinking, re-thinking, in poetry, my politics: contextualizing, communing, being mixed up. Feeling ineffectual (insecure re: my "unjustified" poetics), I turned to investigating the lives of radical actors (another poem of mine, Sons and Followers, conjures John Brown). There's this fantasy, masculine fantasy, of entering a world stage and changing things through force. Seizing power. Wrongs will be righted. Particularly complicated, I think, for poets and artists who believe in truth's open space, the reader's autonomy. Che inhabits this problem for a while.
What are your influences for this book?
Totem poles, Aztec codices, Diego Rivera's revolutionary murals, Zarathustra, Marinetti, Mayakovsky, Lorca, papeluchos (dirty paper scraps).