On March 1, 2020, prominent Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal passed away, leaving an indelible legacy behind. He was a multi-faceted man: poet, priest, revolutionary, liberation theologist, sculptor, and activist. This exhibition seeks to trace and reflect on key moments in his life.

The selections exhibited here are from the Ernesto Cardenal Papers, which were acquired by the Benson Latin American Collection in 2016. UT Austin was fortunate enough to have Ernesto Cardenal visit in November of that year to mark the opening of his archive, delivering a memorable poetry reading in front of hundreds gathered.