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Chilean poet and physicist Nicanor Parra dies at 103

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We're deeply saddened as today the world has lost Chilean poet, mathematician & physicist Nicanor Parra at 103. Nicanor's ironic, huromous and witty anti-poetry was a seminal inspiration to generations of writers & artists worldwide, including American Beat poets such as Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti. He wrote most of his renowned book "Poems and Antipoems" (1954) while studying a PhD in Oxford between 1949 and 1951.

Nicanor Parra won the Cervantes Prize in 2011 -the the most important literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world. He was also proposed many times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.