Author: Rodrigo Lira

Rodrigo Lira was born in Santiago in 1949. He gained notoriety during the seventies for his dramatic public readings and eccentric parodies of many established Chilean poets. Tormented by a diagnosis of schizophrenia as well as social marginalization, he committed suicide in 1981, on his thirty-second birthday. After his death and the posthumous publication of his first collection of poems, Proyecto de obras completas, interest in Lira's poetry and life grew exponentially into a cult following that has influenced many younger generations of Chilean poets and writers. Combining erudite literary knowledge, intense language, and dark burlesque humor, Lira's work is often compared to contemporaries Nicanor Parra and Enrique Lihn. Roberto Bolaño described him as "one of the last poets of Latin America."

Testimony of Circumstances
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Testimony of Circumstances

Cardboard House Press

Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Thomas Rothe and Rodrigo Olavarría. "The true heir of Nicanor Parra and Enrique Lihn's protégé, Rodrigo Lira is still considered a cult author in Chile. Halfway between the figure of the madman and the genius, h...

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