Nicanor Parra Poems

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Nicanor Parra
Nicanor Parra (born in San Fabián de Alico, Chile on September 5, 1914) is a mathematician and poet often considered to be the most influential poet Chile has produced since Pablo Neruda. [citation needed] He describes himself as an "antipoet," due to his distaste for standard poetic pomp and function. Trying to get away from the conventions of poetry, Parra's poetic language renounces the refinement of most Latin American literature and adopts a more colloquial tone similar to prose. His first collection, "Poemas y Antipoemas" (1954) is a classic of Latin American literature, one of the most influential Spanish poetry collections of the twentieth century, and is cited as an inspiration by American Beat Writers such as Allen Ginsberg. Parra has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Parra comes from the artistically prolific Chilean Parra family of performers, musicians, artists, and writers. His sister, Violeta, is possibly the most important folk singer the nation has produced.

young poets
Write as you will
In whatever style you like
Too much blood has run under the bridge
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