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Vicente Huidobro

Author, Spanish
Vicente Huidobro is often recognized for being the first one to bring Latin American poetry into the modern age. He was born in Santiago de Chile in 1893 but as a young man he left for Paris, where he co-founded the Cubist magazine Nord-Sud with Guillaume Apollinaire and Pierre Reverdy. He is best known for his exuberantly surreal long poem Altazor, o el viaje en paracaídas (Altazor, or A Voyage in a Parachute), begun in 1919 and published in Madrid in 1931, the last of its seven cantos written not in Spanish but in a pre–Finnegan’s Wake language of his own invention. (Photo credit: image courtesy of Poemas.DE)