The poet Antonio Martínez Sarrión (1939-2021) has died at the age of 82 in Madrid as a result of a heart attack. This was announced on Twitter by the president of the Cortes of Castilla la Mancha, Pablo Bellido, and Emilio Sáez, mayor of Albacete, the poet’s hometown.
Antonio Martínez Sarrión, a prestigious natural poet from #Albacete belonging to the Generation of the Novísimos. I had the privilege of meeting him a few months ago and transmitting his affection and admiration, he leaves us, but his work will always be with us. May the earth be light pic.twitter.com/8tyCFbL3EE
– Pablo Bellido (@PabloBellido_Az) September 14, 2021
Antonio Martínez Sarrión has said goodbye to us. The poet from Albacete wrote some of the most important pages of the group of the newest. His references to literature, cinema or jazz were a real delight. Today we mourn his loss from his hometown. D.E.P pic.twitter.com/Nn6HOamu4x
– Emilio Saez Cruz (@emiliosaezcruz) September 14, 2021
Poet, essayist and translator (he translated Baudelaire and Victor Hugo, among others), Martínez Sarrión was born in Albacete in 1939. He graduated in Law from the University of Murcia and it was at the end of the 1960s when he became known as poet, publishing his first collection of poems, ‘Theater of operations’, in 1967.
Three years later he was selected by Josep Maria Castellet for the anthology ‘Nine newest Spanish poets’ (1970), a work that marked a new orientation in Spanish poetry and a break with the postwar poets. Martínez Sarrión participated in the antirealist tendency of the group of ‘novísimos’ and assumed early cultural and mythical references of literature, cinema or jazz, which his current companions would later adopt.
In addition to Martínez Sarrión, the anthology includes Ana María Moix, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, José María Álvarez, Pere Gimferrer, Félix de Azúa, Vicente Molina Foix, Guillermo Carnero and Leopoldo María Panero. All of them claimed freedom and creative inspiration against the realism championed by the previous generation.
In the abundant work of Martínez Sarrión they stand out ‘Guideline for conspirators’ (1970),’ A deadly waterspout for whalers’ (1975), ‘The inaccessible center’ (Poetry 1967-1980 and 1981), ‘Eight elegies with foot in verses ‘,’ Horizon from the flood ‘and’ Droughts ‘,’ De acedía ‘(1983),’ Exercise on Rilke ‘(1988),’ Sanity ‘(1999),’ Splinters ‘(2001),’ Jazz and days of rain ‘(2002),’ Poeta en diwan ‘(2004),’ Cantil ‘(2005) and’ Last faith ‘(Anthology 1965-1999). His latest published works are the collection of poems ‘Farol de Saturno’ (Tusquets, 2011) and the newspaper book ‘Escaramuzas’ (Alfaguara, 2011).