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Sandro Penna

Sandro Penna was an Italian poet.


Born in Perugia, Penna lived in Rome for much of his life.

He never had a regular job, collaborating to several newspaper and writing almost only poetry. His first poems were published in 1932, through the intervention of Umberto Saba. openly gay, his works were largely marked by his melanchonical view of homosexuality as emargination. Penna's economical conditions were often poor, and in his late years a group of intellectuals signed a manifesto on the newspaper Paese Sera to help him.

His affection for boys was reflected by the constant presence of ...

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