“The Lost Interview”


Here’s the first full English translation of the only known interview with César Vallejo. The conversation was conducted in a Madrid café, published by the Heraldo de Madrid newspaper in 1931, and re-discovered in the 1960s.

“If you were to ask me what I most aspire to these days, it would be this: to vaporize each and every incidental word, to release the pure expression, which today, more than ever, must be sought in nouns and verbs… given that we can’t ever dispense with language!”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →