Nicanor Parra Sandoval is a mathematician and poet born in San Fabián de Alico, Chile, who has been considered to be a popular poet in Chile with enormous influence and popularity in Latin America, and also considered one of the most important poets of the Spanish language literature. He describes himself as an "anti-poet," due to his distaste for standard poetic pomp and function—after recitations he would exclaim Me retracto de todo lo dicho, or, "I take back everything I said".
Parra comes from the artistically prolific Chilean Parra family of performers, musicians, artists, and writers. His sister, Violeta Parra, is possibly the most ... more »
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Nicanor Parra Poems
Write as you will In whatever style you like Too much blood has run under the bridge To go on believing
The Last Toast
Whether we like it or not, We have only three choices: Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
In Santiago, Chile The days are interminably long: Several eternities in a day.
During that time I kept out of circumstances that were too full of mystery As people with stomach ailments avoid heavy meals, I preferred to stay at home inquiring into certain questions Concerning the propagation of spiders,
Strolling many years ago Down a street taken over by acacias in bloom
I Take Back Everything I’ve Said
Before I go I’m supposed to get a last wish:
In case of fire Do not use elevators Use stairways unless otherwise instructed
Comments about Nicanor Parra
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
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(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
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(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
Write as you will
In whatever style you like
Too much blood has run under the bridge
To go on believing
That only one road is right.
In poetry everything is permitted.
With only this condition of course,
You have to improve the blank page.
(trans. by Miller Williams)