Otto Rene Castillo

Guatemalan communist poet. Went into exile in 1954 after a CIA-orchestrated coup, and returned clandestinely in 1966 and joined the guerrilla struggle against the regime. In March 1967 he was captured by government forces, taken to their barracks where he was tortured for four days, and then burned alive. His poems are filled with his strong belief in a better future, and his complete opposition to oppression and exploitation. The beauty and consciousness of his poems can't but affect the reader.

Poetry Books
Tomorrow Triumphant ; MaƱana Triunfante: 135 pages,

Lets Go ; Vamonos Patria a Caminar: 85 pages,

Individual Poems
Even Beneath This Bitterness


For the Good of All


Liberty, You Say

Report of an Injustice



The One Who is Always There

Apolitical Intellectuals

Before the Scales, Tomorrow