Javier Heraud

Javier Heraud is remembered as much for the senseless tragedy of his violent death as for his precocious talent: an award-winning poet by the age of eighteen, he was shot dead by the Peruvian army at the age of twenty-one during a hare-brained attempt to instigate an armed uprising in the jungle close to the border with Bolivia. The manner of his death prefigured that of one of the figures he most admired: Che Guevara was killed by the Bolivian army in similar circumstances just four years later.

– from Timothy Allen’s introduction in MPT 3/14 Polyphony