Antipoems: How to Look Better & Feel Great

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New Directions Publishing, 2004 - Poetry - 130 pages
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"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."

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Antipoems: how to look better & feel great

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Nonagenarian Parra is the exponent of structurally innovative and thematically controversial antipoetry; in unlyrical, natural discourse, it persuades readers to look "outside the box" to reexamine ... Read full review

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This is a great selection of the inimitable Parra. His earlier work is even better, but harder to get in English. Read full review


Cambios Exchanges
Un abogado de su propria causa An Advocate
A proposito de escopeta Apropos of Nothing
Los cuatro elementos The Four Elements
Murio Hes Dead
El Premio Nobel The Nobel Prize
Coitus interruptus
Nota sobre la leccion de la antipoesia Note on
He trabajado de todo Been There Done That
Obras del autor Works by the Author
De las infalibles palomas No Presidents Statue Escapes
Batty Old Folks Los viejitos kuku
Chile 2000
Smoke Logos Fume logos

Declaracion de principios Declaration of Principles
Total cero A Resounding Zero

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About the author (2004)

Liz Fania Werner has lived and studied in Valpara so, Chile. She recently completed an antiwar public poetry installation, "Blackout Poems," and is currently working on her first novel and conducting poetry-writing workshops in a juvenile detention center in her native New York City.

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