Monday, July 19, 2021

Supersonic Death


Supersonic Death 
by Nicanor Parra
Translated by Liz Werner

zooms by at high speed
in the direction of the old folks’ home
without paying any attention to me
as if I were a red-lipped teenager
when death knows full well I’m her fiance
and all I do these days is yawn

evasive death—indifferent death
you are the biggest flirt of all

Source: Antipoems by Nicanor Parra

“Real seriousness," Nicanor Parra, the antipoet of Chile, has said, rests in "the comic. He was one of the most important Latin American poets of his time, the originator of so-called antipoetry (poetry that opposes traditional poetic techniques or styles}. He was a poet and an academic, a mathematician and a physicist, who gained international recognition for his anti-poetry." Pablo Neruda rated him as ” One of the great names in the literature of our language. “ Parra died at the age of 103 in 2018.

Another antipoem posted below is a valid reminder to many of the Facebook Poets 😊

To Young Poets

Young Poets 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.


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