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Emergency Poems

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Those who are familiar with Parra's work will find the humor more sharply honed and darker, the anger closer to the surface and sometimes breaking through, the language tighter, the compassion deeper and the statements more political--or anyway more social.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published by Marion Boyars Publishers (first published 1972)
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Bird with a mouthful of feathers!
Who can bear psychiatrists anymore?
They relate everything to sex.

The most astonishing claims
Are found in Freud's works.

According to this gentleman
All tapered objects
--Fountain pens, pistols, blunderbusses,
Pencils, water pipes, dumbbels--
Symbolize the masculine sex;
All circular objects
Symbolize the feminine sex.

But psychiatry goes even further:
Not only cones and cylinders
Almost all geometric figures
Symbolize sexual equipment
The Pyramids of Egypt for e

Thank you local library! Bright, shiny, simple, subversive poetry, very funny and irreverent, apocalyptic and prosaic:

Laughing like crazy
the child goes back to the city
gives birth to monsters
creates earthquakes
hairy women run naked
old folks who look like fetuses laugh and smoke.

bread goes up so bread goes up again
rents go up
this brings an instant doubling of all rents
the cost of clothes goes up again.
we're caught in a vicious circle.
in the cage there is food.
not much, there is food.
outside are only great stretches of freedom.

Loved this. One of the funnest books of poetry I've read.
"What the hell am I writing for?
I write to make you love and respect me
To satisfy God and the devil
To record everything."

by Nicanor Parra
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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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“Laughing like crazy
the child goes back to the city
gives birth to monsters
creates earthquakes
hairy women run naked
old folks who look like fetuses laugh and smoke.”
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