Twentieth-century Sicilian dialect poet known for Lingua e dialettu and other works. For a work entitled Io faccio il poeta, he received the 1972 Viareggio Prize.
He fought in World War I and published his first two poetry collections, Sintimintali and Marabedda, during the 1920s.
He was a member of the Italian Socialist Party and was imprisoned by the World War II-era Fascist regime.
He was born into a poor family in Bagheria. He died in 1997, at the age of ninety-seven.
He and Alda Merini were both twentieth-century Italian poets.