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Poet Ernesto Cardenal Dies at 95

His health was fragile due to his advanced age. Latin America has lost one of its most powerful poets

Ernesto Cardenal, en el festival literario Centroamérica Cuenta, en 2015. // Foto: Carlos Herrera

Wilfredo Miranda Aburto

2 de marzo 2020


Poet Ernesto Cardenal dies on Sunday afternoon in Managua at 95 years of age, his personal assistant Luz Marina Acosta confirmed to Confidencial. The priest suffered from heart and kidney problems. Latin America has lost one of its most powerful poets, and Nicaragua its greatest literary reference after Ruben Darío.

“I am a poet, priest and revolutionary,” Cardenal defined himself in 2012. Back in 1983 he was admonished by Pope John Paul II for making a revolution that, years later, he said was “kidnapped and betrayed” by Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.

Cardenal broke with the Sandinista Front in 1994 and described as a “dictatorship” the past administration of his former companions in struggle.

During the last years of his life, Ernesto Cardenal had a very fragile health due to his advanced age. However, he never stopped reading, writing and denouncing the Ortega Murillo regime.

Cardenal, born in the colonial city of Granada in 1925, was a poet and rebel forever. His essence poured into his verses: “Epigrams”, his restlessness about God, the revolutionary spirit in his poems against the Somoza dictatorship, his psalms, his conviction for social justice, and his famous “Prayer for Marilyn Monroe. ”


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Wilfredo Miranda Aburto

Wilfredo Miranda Aburto

Periodista. Destaca en cobertura a violaciones de derechos humanos: desplazamiento forzado, tráfico ilegal en territorios indígenas, medio ambiente, conflictos mineros y ejecuciones extrajudiciales. Premio Iberoamericano Rey de España 2018.