Antipoems: How to Look Better and Feel Great
The first major collection in almost twenty years of new work by one of Latin America's greatest poets."Real seriousness," Nicanor Parra, the antipoet of Chile, has said, rests in "the comic." And read in that light, this newest collection of his work is very serious indeed. It is an abundant... show more
The first major collection in almost twenty years of new work by one of Latin America's greatest poets."Real seriousness," Nicanor Parra, the antipoet of Chile, has said, rests in "the comic." And read in that light, this newest collection of his work is very serious indeed. It is an abundant offering of his signature mocking humor, subverting received conventions and pretensions in both poetry and everyday life, public and private, ingeniously and wittily rendered into English in an antitranslation (the word is Parra's) by Liz Werner. Of the fifty-eight pieces in Antipoems, the first twenty-three are taken from Parra's 1985 collection, Hojas de Parra ("Vine Leaves" or "Leaves of Parra"), two others appeared in his Paginas en Blanco ("Blank Pages," 2001), while the rest come straight out of his notebooks and have never been published before, either in Spanish or English. The book itself is divided into two sections, "Antipoems" (im)proper and a selection of Parra's most recent incarnation of the antipoem, the hand-drawn images of his "Visual Artefactos." As his anti-translator Liz Werner explains in her Introduction, Parra's scientific training infuses his work. "Viewed through the lens of antimatter," she writes, "antipoetry mirrors poetry, not as its adversary but as its perfect complement."
Publish date: September 30th 2004
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
This is the short note I made about this book back in 2005 when I read it: >>This poet is both subversive and fun. It's guys like this that basically piss off right wing conservatives, to put it mildly (haha!). Seriously though, Nicanor Parra is a well known Chilean poet known for his humor and unco...
Bolaño once called him ‘the greatest living poet in the Spanish language.’ González Eschevaría says, ‘The chief trait Parra picked up from the avant-garde was a playful humor that makes him unique in Latin American poetry, and anticipates the novels of the Boom.’Some samples chosen for their brevity...