“I do physics in order to earn my living, and I do poetry in order to keep alive”

Nicanor Parra, 1914-2018, Chilean, poet, mathematician, physicist


Nicanor Parra, a Chilean poet whose use of direct, colloquial and playful language, often for ironic and comic effect, pioneered the literary movement that became known as anti-poetry, died on Tuesday in Santiago, Chile. He was 103.

An accomplished mathematician and physicist, Mr. Parra rose to fame in 1954 with the publication of his “Poems and Antipoems,” which used lucid language to evoke the humor and absurdity of modern life.