Renowned Thai poet Angkarn Kalayanapong passed away today in Bangkok at the age of 86.
Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat in 1926, Angkarn challenged traditional Thai poetic conventions in his groundbreaking poems. While initially criticized by the cultural and literary establishment, he was finally recognized as a leading voice in contemporary Thai poetics, and was honored as a National Artist (Literature Category) and won the S.E.A. Write Award for his collection “The Poet’s Pledge.” Thailand has lost an important and challenging voice today.
If you’d like to read more about his unique poetry, spend some time reading this article, “The Mythopoetics of Angkarn Kalyanapong” published in the journal Explorations in Southeast Asian Studies in 2004.