Nicanor Parra

(September 5, 1914 / Chillán)

Nicanor Parra Poems

1. Young Poets 1/3/2003
2. The Last Toast 1/3/2003
3. The Trap 1/3/2003
4. Chronos 1/3/2003
5. Acacias 12/8/2011
6. I Take Back Everything I’ve Said 12/8/2011
7. Warnings 12/8/2011

The Trap

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,
To which end I would shut myself up in the garden
And not show myself in public until late at night;
Or else, in shirt-sleeves, defiant,
I would hurl angry glances at the moon,
Trying to get rid of those bilious fancies

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