Enrique Lihn

Enrique Lihn (1929–1988) published novels, short stories, poems, essays, and plays, and was considered by many to be the best Chilean poet of his generation. Among his best known books of poetry are Poems of This Time and Another, The Dark Room, Occasional Poetry, Leaving Manhattan, and Pain of Banishment. Trained in the visual arts, he was also an accomplished actor. Several volumes of his poems in translation have been published in the United States, including The Dark Room and Other Poems (New Directions), which was edited by Patricio Lerzundi. Lihn’s poetry won many awards, including the Casa de las America, and several Guggenheim fellowships, which allowed him to visit the U.S. and write about New York City. He died in 1988 in Santiago.

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