Xavier Villaurrutia

Xavier Villaurrutia (1903ā€“1950) was a major Mexican poet and one of the only openly gay writers in Latin America in the first half of the twentieth century. He wrote essentially one book of poems, yet his influence has been enormous. He took the prosody and many of the themes of Spanish Modernismo and stripped its high-flown rhetoric to the natural, condensed, and playful speech of the Spanish Vanguardia.