Antonio Porchia (November 13, 1886 - November 9, 1968) was an Italian poet. He was born in Italy but, after the death of his father in 1911, moved to Argentina. He wrote a Spanish book entitled Voces ("Voices"), a book of aphorisms. It has since been translated into English (by W.S. Merwin), French, and German. A very influential, yet extremely succint writer, he has been a cult author for a number of renowned figures of contemporary literature and thought like Andr Breton, Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Juarroz and Henry Miller, amongst others. Some critics have paralleled his work to japanese Haiku and found many similarities with a number of Zen schools of thought..
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