decio pignatari

Décio Pignatari was born in Jundiaí, SP in 1927. He is a poet, essayist, translator, novelist, playwriter and professor. Since the 1950s, conducting experiments with poetic language, incorporating visuals elements and the fragmentation of words. Such verbal adventures culminated in Concretism, aesthetic movement that founded together with Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, with whom he edited the journals Noigandres and Invention and published the Theory of Concret Poetry (1965).

Poem by Decio Pignatari

As a theorist of communication, translated works of Marshall McLuhan and published the essay Information, Language and Communication (1968). His poetic work is held in Poesia Pois é Poesia (Poetry because it's Poetry) (1977). Décio Pignatari published translations of Dante Alighieri, Goethe and Shakespeare, among others, gathered in Portrait of Love when Young (1990) and 231 poems. He also published a volume of stories The Face of Memory (1988) and the novel Panteros (1992), as well as a work for theater, Céu de Lona (Sailcloth Sky).


  • Poesia Pois é Poesia (1977)
  • O Rosto da Memória (1988)
  • Panteros (1992)
  • Céu de Lona

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