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Poetry. Latin American Studies. Bilingual edition. Translated from the Spanish by Dave Oliphant. Renowned Chilean "antipoet" Nicanor Parra has delivered as a series of five "verse speeches" poems that eschew literary ostentation in favor of playful, conversational musings. In a language steeped in colloquialisms, Parra's declarations employ a range of discourses in order t ...more
Paperback, 513 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Host Publications (first published 1997)
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Mike Puma

While hardly a fan of poetry, it doesn’t mean I don’t, occasionally, stumble into/onto poems, or antipoems, that make an impression, catch me up, make me reconsider—if ever so briefly—that I might be missing out. This collection of the author’s antipoems, given as ‘speech-poems’ at award ceremonies (his receiving the Juan Rulfo prize and an honorary doctorate) and testimonials celebrating Vicente Huidobro and the Chilean educator Luis Oyarzún, are compact insights into the author’s erudition, hu

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julieta
Entre más leo a Parra más me gusta. Este libro, de distintos discursos, hacen de los discursos pura poesía, como todo lo que toca Parra. Su forma de usar el lenguaje, los personajes, hasta la poesía misma, o los poetas y escritores (como Huidobro, Rulfo, Borges, Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral) , y cualquier referencia que quiera, desde política hasta derechos humanos, es unica.
Seguiré cazando libros suyos, tan difíciles de conseguir por estas tierras. Arriba Parra!

"Arte Poética I"
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Dylan
Nov 09, 2008 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Being a huge influence on me, I was excited to get my hands on an advanced reading copy of Dave Oliphant's translation of Parra's "After Dinner Declorations." I was wondering, but it is true the emergency poet is digesting, the anti poet lives and I have only just begun lauging...just incase anyone is keeping tabs, I expect to finish this book...but in the mean time a quote to hold you over: "As for myself/I'm a compulsive illiterate"
Michael
Aug 03, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
probably not the best Parra to start with.

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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 important folk singer the nation has
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