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Carlos Oroza
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Born 13 May 1923
Viveiro, Galicia
Died 20 November 2015(2015-11-20) (aged 92)
Madrid, Spain
Pen name 'The Wicked'
Occupation Poet, performer
Nationality Spanish

Carlos Oroza (13 May 1923 – 20 November 2015) was a Spanish poet.


He is known mainly for the interpretation and performance of his own work. Such work is rare and composed of free verses with a great preponderance of strength and rhythm. Oroza is upon all a great reciter.

In the 1960s when he was living in Madrid, he became famous in the literary-poetic environment of the Café Gijón, oasis of national coexistence, culture and contra cultural movements during Franco’s dictatorship.

At that time he founded, along with Victor Lizarraga and Victoria Paniagua, the Tropos magazine and participated in infinite jazz-poetry recitals.

He was living in Madrid, Ibiza and the U.S., where he was awarded with the International Underground Poetry award of New York and, incognito, he came back to his own land in 1985.

Oroza’s poetry is often considered in form and content attached to the Beat Generation though he never belonged to any movement.

Oroza was a legendary name in the literary circles in spite of his isolation. He had many followers.

In 2008, the Spanish ex-Minister of Culture, Cesar Antonio Molina ( César Antonio Molina ), who was also the director of Cervantes Institute, granted the Foundation Laxeiro Award to the poet. Molina, who is also a writer and an admirer of the work of the poet, was moreover responsible for writing the prologue of the book En el norte hay un mar que es más alto que el cielo.


Published poems

  • Elencar, (1974) ISBN: 84-400-8083-2
  • Cabalum, (1980) (Ediciós do Castro)
  • Alicia, (1985)
  • Una porción de tierra gris del norte, (1996)
  • La llama prestada, (1998)
  • En el norte hay un mar que es más alto que el cielo, first edition 1997, reviewed and expanded in 2005, 3º edition 2008 (Deputación de Pontevedra).

ISBN: 84-8457-245-5

  • Un sentimiento ingrávido recorre el ambiente , (2006), Raiña Lupa y Yves Rivière

Video Poems

  • Caballum (April 2002) RTVG Production
  • Elencar (2008)

Honours and awards

  • New York Underground Poetry award
  • Fundación Laxeiro Award 2008

See also

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