In the hierarchy of José Martí’s values, action comes first. In his notebook he writes: “Before assembling a collection of my poems I would like to assemble a collection of my actions.” Movement is a favorite term for him; “movement” he claims “is contagious” If much of the action of his life is occupied with revolutionary agitation, political organization, and in the end, armed struggle to achieve a democratic Cuba, little of this action is directly reflected in his verse. In fact, Roberto González Echevarría notes the near absence of politics and love in his poetry. This is an odd claim, however. Stanzas drawn randomly for any Martí volume are in fact fully flavored with love and politics and violence. “Yesterday, at the art show,/I saw her, and yesterday/My heart from me flew/After that woman to follow.” Though the section then takes a darker turn [“On the grim earth for the weary/Grow neither violet nor thorn”] it is clear nevertheless that Martí, the somewhat notorious lover, is writing as himself, not in the name of someone else. The poems have a visionary tone; the stanza that follows on the one just quoted is the one in which he predicts his death. (“Don’t in darkness let me lie/With traitors to come undone:/I am good and as the good die/I will die face to the sun.”) Marti is a man of movement, and in his verse the movement is crystallized, and in that crystal the action is reflected upon.
 Allen, Esther, ed. Jose Marti: Selected Writings. New York: Penguin, 2002, Notebook 5 73
 Ibid., Notebook 5 73
 Ibid., pxxiv
 Marti, Vesos Sencillos Translated by Manuel A Tellechea  XXI, 71