Mario Trejo

Mario Trejo
Mario Trejo
Born 13 January 1926(1926-01-13)
Occupation Poet, playwright, and journalist.

Mario Trejo (born 13 January 1926 in Argentina) is an Argentine poet, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist.


Mario César Trejo was born on January 13, 1926, though there is disagreement on his birth city, some sources indicate the city of Buenos Aires,[1] while others La Plata;[2] yet, Jorge Ariel Madrazo states in his prologue written for Trejo's poem entitled Orgasm (Orgasmo) that "Mario Trejo declares, otherwise, being born in Tierra del Fuego, in Comodoro Rivadavia, or in many other locations: everything indicates that this happened in the southern part of the country, but he does not specify in which year (Trejo agrees with Marcel Duchamp in that such precisions "only serve the fools and Spanish literature professors."[3][4] He collaborated with several Argentine literary journals such as Contemporánea (1949), Luz y sombra (1948), Cinedrama, revista de cine y teatro contemporáneos (1953), Ciclo y Conjugación de Buenos Aires,[1] as well as others European publications such as L'Expresso of Rome.[2]

He was part of the fundamental "Poetry Buenos Aires Movement", formed in the 50s in turn of the "Poetry Buenos Aires" magazine directed by Raúl Gustavo Aguirre, in which 30 editions (published during a decade, from the spring of 1950) other important poets of those years collaborated, like Alberto Vanasco, Edgar Bailey, Rodolfo Alonso, Ramiro de Casasbellas, Paco Urondo, Alejandra Pizarnik, Daniel Giribaldi, Miguel Brascó, Elizabeth Azcona Cronwell, Natalio Hocsman and Jorge Carrol.

About his emphasized collaborations for the cinema, two might be mentioned: in The Oil Route (Italy, 1966) Trejo interpreted himself, under Bernardo Bertolucci's direction, whereas Desarraigo (Uprooting, Cuba 1965), directed by Fausto Canel, obtained Honor's Mention at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, in 1966.

His long relationship with the music, his years of friendship with so many musicians, derived in some very important collaborations like the songs The Lost Birds and Private Scandals with Ástor Piazzolla, or Enrico Rava's excellent album Quotation Marks (Japo Records, 1976), in which plays, among others, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette and the Argentinians musicians Néstor Astarita and Ricardo Lew, and in which the singer Jeanne Lee puts her voice to Trejo's poems written in English.

In 1964, he unanimously won the Casa de las Américas literary award for his book The use of the word.


  • Poetry
    • Celdas de la sangre (1946)
    • El uso de la palabra (1964)
    • La pena capital (1980)
    • Orgasmo y otros poemas (1989)
  • Playwright
    • No hay piedad para Hamlet (No Mercy for Hamlet, 1954), in collaboration with Alberto Vanasco, Buenos Aires Municipal Award, 1957, and Florencio Sánchez National Award, 1960.
    • Libertad y otras intoxicaciones (1968)
    • Libertad, Libertad, Libertad (1968)
    • La reconstrucción de la Ópera de Viena (1968)
    • La guerra civil (1973)
  • Screenplays
    • El final (1964)
    • Desarraigo (1965)
    • Infinito futuro/Kill me future (1965), in collaboration with Bernardo Bertolucci; however, the screenplay that was never shot.
  • Song lyrics


  1. ^ a b "Mario Trejo", El poder de la palabra, accessed on July 3, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Astrada, Etelvina. Poesía política y combativa argentina. Editorial Zero, Colección Guernica, no. 15, ISBN 84-317-0448-9, Madrid: February, 1978. pp. 41.
  3. ^ Trejo, Mario. Orgasmo y otros poemas, Centro Editor de América Latina, Colección Los grandes poetas, no. 50, Buenos Aires: March, 1989.
  4. ^ Carrol, Jorge. "Mario Trejo, orgasmo y los pájaros perdidos", Palabra Virtual. Antología de poesia hispanoamericana., accessed on July 3, 2007.

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