[ “The editors forward this link to the readers of Dispatches as a piece of good news in poetryland, and in anticipation of a post-macho revolutionary paradigm to come. Yes, Latin American literature was thoroughly machista back in post-war years and beyond, very few women were visible. The one exception would be Uruguay, where women poets have been prominent, if not dominant, since the early 20th century. We think most of these Nadaista guys would acknowledge the gender imbalance of those times.]

“In a small plaza in Medellín, the teenage poets threw the canon of Colombian literature on the bonfire. Their leader, a thin 27-year-old named Gonzalo Arango, stepped forward to read out the group’s manifesto. It was written on a roll of toilet paper.

“It was 1958 and the nadaístas – Colombia’s equivalent of the beatniks – were on the verge of notoriety both for their iconoclastic verse and the bohemian lifestyles that antagonised prudish Medellín society. “The Nadaistas invaded the city like a plague,” opens Arango’s most famous poem of the time.”

Read the rest at The Guardian: Poetic justice: Colombia’s verse rebels vindicated but defiant after 60 years