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Antipoems by Nicanor Parra
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Roberto Bolaño said in an interview that, for him, Nicanor Parra was Chile's greatest poet. Considering a country that prizes its Nobel laureates Mistral and Neruda, not to mention such notables as Teillier and Huidobro, that's saying a lot. Parra won this year's Cervantes Prize, the most coveted literary award in the Spanish-speaking world. At 98, the physicist/poet writes little now. But this bi-lingual book of his late "antipoems" (written playfully, ignoring traditional forms and using vernacular--like antimatter to matter) is a good demonstration of his mathematical wordplay and sense of humor. The translations by Liz Werner are excellent.
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