Nicanor Parra
The Trap by Nicanor Parra

The Trap by Nicanor Parra

During that time I kept out of circumstances that were too full of mysteryAs people with stomach ailments avoid heavy meals,I preferred to stay at home inquiring into certain ...

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Young Poets by Nicanor Parra

Young Poets by Nicanor Parra

Write as you willIn whatever style you likeToo much blood has run under the bridgeTo go on believingThat only one road is right.In poetry everything is permitted.With only this ...

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I Take Back Everything I’ve Said by Nicanor Parra

I Take Back Everything I’ve Said by Nicanor Parra

Before I goI’m supposed to get a last wish:Generous readerburn this bookIt’s not at all what I wanted to sayThough it was written in bloodIt’s not what I wanted to say.No lot ...

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Warnings by Nicanor Parra

Warnings by Nicanor Parra

In case of fireDo not use elevatorsUse stairwaysunless otherwise instructedNo smokingNo litteringNo shittingNo radio playingunless otherwise instructedPlease Flush ToiletAfter ...

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Acacias by Nicanor Parra

Acacias by Nicanor Parra

Strolling many years agoDown a street taken over by acacias in bloomI found out from a friend who knows everythingThat you had just gotten married.I told him that I reallyHad ...

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The Last Toast by Nicanor Parra

The Last Toast by Nicanor Parra

Whether we like it or not,We have only three choices:Yesterday, today and tomorrow.And not even threeBecause as the philosopher saysYesterday is yesterdayIt belongs to us only in ...

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Chronos by Nicanor Parra

Chronos by Nicanor Parra

In Santiago, ChileThe days are interminably long:Several eternities in a day.Like the vendors of seaweedTravelling on the backs of mules:You yawn - you yawn again.Yet the weeks ...

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