Marco Antonio Montes de Oca was a Mexican poet and painter.
Montes de Oca was a prolific and influential poet whose principal books include: Ruina de la infame Babilonia, and Delante de la luz cantan los pÃ¡jaros, which won the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize. He also wrote a self-titled memoir in 1967, and a book of short stories Las fuentes legendarias, and also dedicated a lot of time to painting and sculpturing.
Some of Montes de Oca's poetry was translated into English by Laura VillaseÃ±or, including the books: The heart of the flute in 1978, and Twenty-One Poems in 1982.
He died of a heart attack in Mexico City on February 7, 2009.